Mixed dermatophytic infections: a learning perspective and report of ten cases


  • Pooja Singla Department of Microbiology, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat, Haryana, India
  • Priyadarshini Sahu Department of Dermatology, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat, Haryana, India
  • Pratibha Mane Department of Microbiology, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat, Haryana, India
  • Prakriti Vohra Department of Microbiology, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat, Haryana, India




Antifungal resistance, Combined fungal infections, KOH mount, Mixed dermatophytes, Trichophyton


Background: Isolation of two or more than two pathogenic fungi from the same body site in a patient is considered as a rare entity and very few cases have been reported in literature. These types of infections are called as mixed/ combined fungal infections. Author are enumerating ten cases of superficial mycoses in which two different dermatophytes were grown from the same focus.

Methods: From clinically suspected cases of dermatophytosis, skin and hair samples were collected from the affected sites and examined by standard mycological procedures. Microscopy was done by using 10% KOH wet mount. Culture was put on Sabouraud’s dextrose agar with cyclohexamide medium. Growth was identified by lactophenol cotton blue mount.

Results: Mixed dermatophytes were obtained from tinea corporis (five cases), tinea capitis (four cases) and tinea cruris (one case) patients. Fungal combinations from given cases involved two different species of genus Trichophyton which were as follows: T. violaceum+T. tonsurans, T. verrucosum+T. tonsurans, T. violaceum (violet) and T. violaceum (white), T. mentagrophytes+T. Violaceum, T. rubrum+T. tonsurans, T. violaceum+T. rubrum, T. rubrum+T. mentagrophytes, T. verrucosum+T. mentagrophytes, T. mentagrophytes+T. tonsurans, Malassezia+T. mentagrophytes.

Conclusions: Inspite of the frequent occurrence of dermatophytic infections worldwide, reports on mixed dermatophytes are very few. With proper sample collection and proper identification procedures, more cases can be identified and added to the existing literature.


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