Connubial tinea gladiatorum due to Trichophyton mentagrophytes

Mycoses. 2010 Nov;53(6):533-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0507.2009.01734.x.


Trichophyton mentagrophytes is one of the most common dermatophytes causing cutaneous human fungal disease worldwide. Pubic and/or vulvar localisation of dermatophytosis has rarely been reported and may often be misdiagnosed as bacterial infections. We present a connubial case of severe inflammatory tinea in the genital region caused by T. mentagrophytes. The case illustrates the importance of getting material for cultivation before treatment and emphasises the difficulty of diagnosis and treatment of fungal infections in the genital region.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthrodermataceae
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Genitalia / microbiology
  • Genitalia / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Perineum / microbiology
  • Perineum / pathology
  • Tinea / diagnosis*
  • Tinea / microbiology
  • Trichophyton / isolation & purification*