White piedra: Further evidence of a synergistic infection

Summer R. Youker, Robert J. Andreozzi, Peter C. Appelbaum, Kim Credito, Jeffrey J. Miller

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Abstract

White piedra is a fungal infection of the hair shaft caused by Trichosporon beigelii. A synergistic coryneform bacterial infection is often present with Tbeigelii. White piedra, although not commonly reported to infect scalp hair in North America, is an important consideration in the differential diagnosis of scalp hair concretions. We report a case of white piedra of scalp hair with synergistic coryneform bacterial infection in two sisters, both US natives. Culture and light and electronmicroscopic evidence of the synergistic infection are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-749
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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