Case report: An unusual cutaneous tumor: African histoplasmosis following mudbaths: Case report and review

Sotirios Tsiodras, Miranda Drogari-Apiranthitou, Konstantinos Pilichos, Konstantinos Leventakos, Theodoros Kelesidis, Maria Jose Buitrago, Georgios Petrikkos, Ioannis Panayiotides

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Abstract

African histoplasmosis, caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii, is endemic in Africa. The disease usually involves the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and bones. A case of African histoplasmosis presenting as a cutaneous tumor and non-healing wound in a 66-year-old immunocompetent male residing in Africa, the first ever reported following mudbaths and acupuncture, is hereby reported. Diagnosis was confirmed by means of polymerase chain reaction performed on tissue material. The patient was started on long-term itraconazole therapy and he responded well. African histoplasmosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of non-healing wounds or tumor-like lesions, especially in the context of mudbaths in an endemic area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-263
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Tsiodras, S., Drogari-Apiranthitou, M., Pilichos, K., Leventakos, K., Kelesidis, T., Buitrago, M. J., Petrikkos, G., & Panayiotides, I. (2012). Case report: An unusual cutaneous tumor: African histoplasmosis following mudbaths: Case report and review. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 86(2), 261-263. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0557