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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171-173

Total dystrophic onychomycosis due to syncephalastrum racemosum – A rare cause and its novel treatment option

Department of Skin and VD, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India

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Monica Jain
Department of Skin and VD, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack - 753 007, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_155_18

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Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail caused by dermatophytic (99%) and/or non-dermatophytic (1%) (including yeasts) infections of the nailplate. Among the non-dermatophytes, the yeast Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and other molds like Scopulariopsis spp., Scytalidium spp., Fusarium spp., and Aspergillus spp. may be responsible. Herein, we report a case of total dystrophic onychomycosis in a 41-year-old female, caused by Syncephalastrum racemosum and its complete improvement with a combination of oral pulse itraconazole and 1064 nm Q-switched Nd-YAG laser. This case is being reported due to the rarity of causative organism for onychomycosis and a novel approach in its treatment.

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