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Botryomycosis caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Pneumocystis carinii in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency disease
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2007
© 2007 The Author(s)
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 266–269, May 2008
How to Cite
Saadat, P., Ram, R., Sohrabian, S. and Vadmal, M. S. (2008), Botryomycosis caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Pneumocystis carinii in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency disease. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 33: 266–269. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2007.02612.x
This paper was presented as a platform presentation at the 27th symposium of the International Society of Dermatopathology held in Malaga, Spain, November 11 2006.
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2007
- Accepted for publication 13 July 2007
Botryomycosis is an uncommon, chronic, granulomatous and/or suppurative, opportunistic infection affecting the skin and viscera, primarily caused by bacteria. The exact pathogenesis of this infection is not well understood. However, both the host’s immune status and microbial infectivity have been implicated in the pathogenesis of this unusual clinical condition. To date, botryomycosis caused by a nonbacterial pathogen has not been reported in the literature. We report a case of cutaneous botryomycosis caused by combined Staphylococcus aureus and Pneumocystis carinii. Cutaneous P. carinii infection without pulmonary involvement is extremely rare.