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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 5, 2002, pp. 747-750
Bioline Code: oc02142
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 5, 2002, pp. 747-750

 en Clinical and Mycological Study of Scalp White Piedra in the State of Paraíba, Brazil
Zélia Braz Vieira da Silva Pontes; Adriano Lira Ramos; Edeltrudes de Oliveira Lima; Maria de Fátima de Lacerda Guerra; Neuza Maria Cavalcante Oliveira & Jozemar Pereira dos Santos

Abstract

White piedra is a superficial mycoses characterized by nodules on the hair shaft, caused by the basidiomycetous yeasts. In the present study, clinical and mycological findings of scalp white piedra caused by Trichosporon check for this species in other resources spp. are related. Twenty three cases of scalp white piedra were observed with a high incidence in women (87%) and preschool children from 2 to 6 (74%) years old. These groups presented a relationship of dependence with this infection. Despite the low socio-economic status, poor standards of hygiene, (48% of the patients) as well as the fact that 30.4% of the children shared the same nursery, these factors were not significant for the transmission of the mycosis. These were the first reports of scalp white piedra in João Pessoa city, Paraíba, Brazil.

Keywords
mycosis - scalp white piedra - Trichosporon check for this species in other resources spp. - Paraíba - Brazil

 
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