Scalp Dermatophyte Carriage in Pregnant, Pre-, and Postmenopausal Women: A Comparative Study Using the Hairbrush and Cytobrush Methods of Sample Collection


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TOKSOZ L. , GÜZEL A. B. , Ilkit M., AKAR T., SARACLI M. A.

MYCOPATHOLOGIA, cilt.171, ss.339-344, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 171 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s11046-010-9377-3
  • Dergi Adı: MYCOPATHOLOGIA
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.339-344

Özet

Tinea capitis is a dermatophyte infection of the scalp that is most often seen in prepubescent children. In this investigation, we examined the prevalence of tinea capitis and symptom-free colonization of the scalp with dermatophytes in 786 pre- and postmenopausal women aged 12-84 years. Scalp samples were collected from all participants by cytobrush or hairbrush, and cultures were then grown from these samples on Sabouraud glucose agar. No participant was diagnosed with tinea capitis; however, one 43-year-old patient (0.1%) was positive for a "scalp carriage" related to anthropophilic Trichophyton rubrum, as detected using a hairbrush. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of the isolate were sequenced, and the assembled DNA sequences were examined using the basic BLAST (nucleotide-nucleotide) software of the National Center for Biotechnology Information Web database. This patient was followed up without any antimycotic treatment, and after 4 weeks, mycological clearance was documented. In addition, the contacts and environment at home were screened, where all fungal cultures were sterile. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first report of a "scalp carriage" related to a cosmopolitan fungus, T. rubrum.