Nail: Trichophyton rubrum – Shipped 14 September 2015
This challenge was sent as a simulated nail sample. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Trichophyton rubrum.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from MY1509-2
- 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.