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Epidemioclinical and Mycological Patterns of Pityriasis versicolor in the Urban Area

H.Tligui, S. El Ftouh, W. Oudaina

Category: JMSR Pathogens

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Background/Aims: Pityriasis versicolor (PV) is a cutaneous pigmentation caused by Malassezia sp. yeasts. The objective of this study is to decribes the clinical, epidemiological and mycological patterns of PV in children’s hospital in Rabat.

Materials and methods: 1087 subjects confirmed to have pityriasis versicolor. Skin scrapings were processed by direct microscopy and isolates were identified by phenotypic characteristics. The total duration of study period was 4 years.

Results: In the present study, of the 2707 suspected patients with PV, 1087 (40.15%) were positive. The most affected age group was between 16 and 30 years with female preponderance. There was no significant seasonal variation of the patients with PV. Direct microscopy showed typical yeasts cells and hyphae for PV.

Conclusions: the results showed a higher prevalence of PV among patients at puberty and it was more common in females.

Keywords: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Malassezia, Pityriasi


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