Multifocal cutaneous alternariosis in a 70-year-old Kenyan renal transplant patient

Dermatol Online J. 2014 Jul 15;20(7):13030/qt45s7m4mk.


Alternaria species are a group of dematiaceous fungi that are ubiquitous in nature and are becoming an increasingly important cause of disease in immunocompromised patients. We present a case of a 70 year old renal transplant recipient with multiple areas of cutaneous Alternaria infections likely introduced during local trauma. Treatment has required a combination of systemic therapy and surgical excision. This case illustrates the importance of recognizing fungal infections with cutaneous manifestations, such as alternariosis, in immunosuppressed patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alternariosis / diagnosis
  • Alternariosis / immunology
  • Alternariosis / therapy*
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Biopsy
  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Skin / pathology


  • Antifungal Agents