Korean J Med Mycol.  2001 Sep;6(3):174-178.

A Case of Cutaneous Cryptococcosis Clinically Mimicking Keratoachantoma

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University Taegu, Korea. jschoi@med.yu.ac.kr

Abstract

Cutaneous involvement of patient with systemic cryptococcosis occur in 10% to 15% of the case reported in literature. We report a case of cutaneous cryptococcosis clinically mimiking keratoacanthoma in a 70-year-old male. The lesions showed multiple erythematous papules and elevated central crusted nodules with peripheral telangiectasia on the face, and he had been treated with chemotherapy for peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The skin biopsy specimen showed granulomatous reaction with lympohistiocytic infiltration and many round spores. The fungus culture from skin lesion showed mucoid creamy colored colonies and revealed microscopically thick encapsulated spores in India ink preparation. The culture on Christensen urea agar at 25degrees C for 1 week was positive. The patient was treated with intravenous administration of fluconazole 200 mg/day for a week with partial improvement. But he refused further treatment, and died after a month of discharge.

Keyword

Cutaneous cryptococcosis; Keratoacanthoma

MeSH Terms

Administration, Intravenous
Agar
Aged
Biopsy
Cryptococcosis*
Drug Therapy
Fluconazole
Fungi
Humans
India
Ink
Keratoacanthoma
Lymphoma, T-Cell, Peripheral
Male
Skin
Spores
Telangiectasis
Urea
Agar
Fluconazole
Urea
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