Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 400--402

Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis in a skin scrape cytology


Anadi Roychowdhury, Anjali Bandyapadhyay, Palash Bhattacharya, Amitava Sinha 
 Department of Pathology, R. G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata under The West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Anadi Roychowdhury
10/2B, Talbagan East, P.O. Nonachandan Pukur, Barrackpore, Kolkata - 700 122, West Bengal
India

Histoplasmosis refers to an infection caused by histoplasma capsulatum, a dimorphic fungus. We report a rare case of cutaneous histoplasmosis in an immunocompromised patient. The diagnosis was made by the cytopathologic examination of skin scraping smear, which showed numerous intracellular and extracellular periodic acid-schiff positive rounded yeast cells. The patient showed dramatic response with itraconazole and amphotericin B. We opine that skin scrape cytology can be useful in establishing the diagnosis of the disease, specially when the other facilities are not readily available.


How to cite this article:
Roychowdhury A, Bandyapadhyay A, Bhattacharya P, Sinha A. Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis in a skin scrape cytology.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2012;5:400-402


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Roychowdhury A, Bandyapadhyay A, Bhattacharya P, Sinha A. Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis in a skin scrape cytology. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Oct 17 ];5:400-402
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