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Disseminated cutaneous sporotrichosis presenting as a necrotic facial mass: Case and review

  • Author(s): He, Yong
  • Ma, Chelsea
  • Fung, Maxwell
  • Fitzmaurice, Sarah
  • et al.
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Sporotrichosis is a subcutaneous mycotic infection caused by Sporothrix schenckii, a group of common saprophytes of soil, plants, and organic debris. Disseminated forms may be seen in the setting of immunosuppression and are typically treated initially with intravenous lipidized amphotericin B. We report an unusual case of a 65-year-old woman who developed disseminated cutaneous sporotrichosis with extensive facial involvement in the absence of a known primary inoculation. Her cutaneous lesions completely resolved after treatment with intravenous posaconazole without amphotericin B.

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