Tinea nigra

Last Updated: 2023-07-07

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: 1F2D.4

  • Cequeira 1891.
  • Montoya y Flores 1893.
  • Castellani 1905.
  • Parreiras-Horta 1921.

Tinea nigra palmaris et plantaris, pityriasis nigra, cladosporiosis epidemica, microsporosis nigra, keratomycosis nigricans palmaris.

Mycosis caused by Phaeoannellomyces werneckii.

  • Mould disease occurring particularly in Africa, Central and South America.
  • Rare: Europe and North America.

  • Pathogen: Phaeoannellomyces werneckii (Cladosporium werneckii; Exophiala werneckii, Hortaea werneckii = mould).
  • Incubation period: Several weeks.

  • Randed, brownish, black, irregularly bordered plaques.

  • Clinic
  • Detection of pathogen

  • Palmoplantar, rarely thorax, neck and face.

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