Characteristics of dermatophytoses in Basrah, Iraq


Professor Dr Tawfik M. Muhsin Biology Department, Education College, Basrah University, Basrah, Iraq.


A total of 1199 clinical specimens were collected from 1144 patients clinically diagnosed as cases of superficial cutaneous mycoses in Basrah (Iraq). The collected specimens were examined for the etiologic agents of dermatophytoses by direct microscopy and culture. A total of 237 isolates representing eight species of dermatophytes as a causative agents of skin and nails infections were isolated. Among the tinea infections, tinea corporis and tinea cruris were the most common types of dermatophytoses revealed in this study.