Epidemiology of dermatophytoses observed in Rome, Italy, between 1985 and 1993

R. Mercantini, D. Moretto, G. Palamara, P. Mercantini, R. Marsella

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Between 1985 and 1993, 13880 patients were studied for possible forms of dermatophytoses. The most frequently isolated dermatophyte was in 2821 positive cases Microsporum canis (50%), followed by Trichophyton rubrum (27%), Trichophyton mentagrophytes (10.6%), Epidermophyton floccosum (9.3%), Microsporum gypseum (2.3%), Trichophyton violaceum (0.6%), Trichophyton tonsurans (0.2%) and Trichophyton verrucosum (<0.1%). The genera and species isolated were also considered in relation to the site of the lesion. Our epidemiological data were compared with those obtained by other authors in other cities and with those obtained in Rome in previous studies conducted between 1972-77 and 1978-83. Results obtained by various investigators in Europe are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-419
Number of pages5
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • dermatophytes
  • dermatophytosis
  • epidemiology
  • tinea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Microbiology
  • Dermatology


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