1509-2

Nail: Trichophyton rubrum   – Shipped 14 September 2015

HISTORY

This challenge was sent as a simulated nail sample. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Trichophyton rubrum.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1509-2

  • T. rubrum only rarely affects the hair and hair roots. Its target structures are the stratum corneum of the epidermis and the nail keratin.
  • T. rubrum is an anthropophilic dermato-phyte, as it almost exclusively infects humans.

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