Epidemiology of pityriasis versicolor in Adana, Turkey

KARAKAŞ M. , TURAC-BICER A., Ilkit M. , Durdu M., Seydaoglu G.

JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol.36, no.7, pp.377-382, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2009.00663.x
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.377-382


Pityriasis versicolor is a common superficial mycoses of the skin. It is now recognized that the causative organisms of this infection are different species of Malassezia. The aim of this study was to determine the distribution of Malassezia species in patients with pityriasis versicolor in Adana, Turkey. In total, 97 patients positive for Malassezia elements, namely, yeast cells and short hyphae in microscopic examination, were included in the study. All samples were inoculated in plates containing modified Dixon's medium. However, only 44 of the patients (45.4%) showed Malassezia spp. in culture. Malassezia globosa (47.7%) was the most commonly isolated species followed by Malassezia furfur (36.4%) and Malassezia slooffiae (15.9%). Mixed Malassezia species were not isolated. In conclusion, M. globosa was found to be the predominant PV isolate in Adana, Turkey.