Get access

A case of tinea manuum caused by Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. erinacei: the first isolation in Korea


Mi-Woo Lee, MD, Department of Dermatology, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, 388-1, Poongnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, Korea. Tel.: +82 2 3010 3460. Fax: +82 2 486 7831. E-mail:


Hedgehogs have recently become popular exotic pets in Korea. Several diseases may be acquired from these animals including dermatophytosis, Salmonella infections, contact urticaria and possibly Mycobacterium infections. We describe here a 15-year-old girl who developed tinea manuum after keeping a hedgehog for 4 months. Diagnosis was confirmed by histopathologic and mycological examination. The causative agent was identified as Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. erinacei, a zoophilic dermatophyte.