Dermatophyte identification in skin and hair samples using a simple and reliable nested polymerase chain reaction assay
Conclusions  Although the gold standard dermatophyte identification from clinical samples remains fungal cultures, the assay developed in the present study is especially suitable for tinea capitis. Improved sensitivity for the identification of dermatophyte species was obtained as it is possible to identify the dermatophyte when the fungus fails to grow in cultures. (Source: British Journal of Dermatology)
Source: British Journal of Dermatology - January 30, 2013 Category: Dermatology Authors: J. Verrier, L. Krähenbühl, O. Bontems, M. Fratti, K. Salamin, M. Monod Tags: Clinical and Laboratory Investigations Source Type: research

Dermatophytes isolated from superficial fungal infections in Krakow, Poland, between 1995 and 2010
Summary Superficial fungal infections due to dermatophytes are common over the world and their frequency is constantly increasing. The aim of our study was to discuss fungal infections with frequency of occurrence, clinical stages and aetiology in patients admitted to dermatological ward and microbiological laboratory of the specialist hospital in Krakow. Investigations performed between 1995 and 2010 included the group of 5333 individuals. Dermatophyte infections, confirmed by culture, were revealed in 1007 subjects (18.9%), i.e. in 553 males and 454 females. The most frequent clinical forms of infections were tinea ungui...
Source: Mycoses - January 1, 2013 Category: Research Authors: Alicja Budak, Bożena Bogusz, Marianna Tokarczyk, Danuta Trojanowska Tags: Original article Source Type: research

Trends in Tinea Capitis in an Irish Pediatric Population and a Comparison of Scalp Brushings Versus Scalp Scrapings as Methods of Investigation
Abstract A retrospective study of 391 children with suspected tinea capitis was analyzed to examine the prevalence of dermatophyte species and to compare the efficacy of the scalp scraping method with that of the hairbrush method for diagnoses over a 6‐year period. Trichophyton tonsurans tinea capitis is the most common pathogen. The hairbrush method of obtaining specimens for fungal culture was superior to scalp scrapings (p = 0.03) in making the diagnosis, and using two methods (p 
Source: Pediatric Dermatology - January 1, 2013 Category: Dermatology Authors: Shaaira Nasir, Nicola Ralph, Charles O'Neill, Robert Cunney, Patricia Lenane, Brigid O'Donnell Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research