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Indian Journal of Microbiology Research

Onychomycosis caused by Curvularialunata in an immunocompetent host –A case report

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Author Details: Vijaya D., Vijaya S., Santhya ST., Shakthi.R., Yashaswini. M.K.

Volume : 2

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-5478

Print ISSN : 2394-546X

Article First Page : 249

Article End Page : 251


Introduction:Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of nail caused by dermatophytes, yeasts or non-dermatophyte moulds. Curvularia species is a dematiaceous fungi .We are reporting a case of Onychomycosis caused by Curvularia, for its rarity.

Case report:A 45 year old female, agriculturist by occupation presented with black discolourationofleft thumbnailsince 6 months.KOH preparation of nail clipping showed dark pigmented septate hyphae with 3 to 4 celled conidia with transverse septa. Growth on sabouraud’s dextrose agar yielded Curvularialunata. Same fungi was isolated on repeat culture. The patient was put on pulse therapy with Itraconazole.


Key words:Onychomycosis, Curvularialunata, Itraconazole.