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Incidence Trends of Dermatophytoses Isolated in Children
Korean J Clin Lab Sci 2018;50:444-448  
Published on December 31, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Su Jung Kim1, Yong Joon Bang2

1Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Daegu Health College, Daegu, Korea 2Catholic Skin Clinic, Dermatology, Daegu, Korea
Correspondence to: Su Jung Kim
Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Daegu Health College, Youngsong-ro, Daegu 41453, Korea
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From January 2 to December 30, 2017, out of 691 children diagnosed with dermatophytoses infection, 179 children had infections caused by Trichophyton among the total 13,093 patients who visited the Dermatology department. According to a survey, the patients included 317 adolescents, 203 elementary school age children, and 171 infants. In seasonal variation, the diagnosis was higher in summer (195 cases, 28%) and winter (191, 28%) and comparatively lower in spring (165, 24%) and autumn (140, 20%). The infection among the patients was caused by, from maximum to minimum, T. pedis (351, 51%), T. corporis (91, 13%), and T. unguinum (77, 11%). In all age groups, the highest number of patients were infected with T. pedis. After T. pedis, in descending order, the infection was caused by T. corporis, T. unguinum, T. manus and Tinea capitis in the infants and elementary school age children and by T. corporis, T. unguinum and T. cruris in adolescents. Among infections caused by Trichophyton, T. rubrum was the highest isolated causative agent. This data analysis confirmed the distribution of dermatophytoses and the different species according to paediatric age and will aid the study of paediatric dermatomycosis through continuous research.
Keywords : Dermatophytoses, Tinea pedis, Trichophyton rubrum

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