54(1):5-10, January-February, 2012 doi: 10.1590/S0036-46652012000100002
(1) Federal University of Mato Grosso, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Laboratory of Investigation, Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil. E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Correspondence to: Rosane Christine Hahn. Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Laboratório de Investigação, Cuiabá, MT, Brasil. Tel: +55.65.3615-8809,
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Financial Support: FAPEMAT/PPSUS.
FUNGAL AGENTS IN DIFFERENT ANATOMICAL SITES IN PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES IN CUIABÁ,
STATE OF MATO GROSSO, BRAZIL
Sebastião Martins de ARAÚJO(1), Cor Jésus Fernandes FONTES(1), Diniz Pereira LEITE JÚNIOR(1) & Rosane Christine HAHN(1)
Introduction: A contribution to the regional epidemiological profile of the most common fungal agents in Public Health Services in Cuiabá, state of Mato Grosso, including university hospitals and polyclinics. Methods: Clinical specimens (n = 1,496) from
1,078 patients were collected, submitted to direct mycological exam (potash or stick tape method) and cultured in specific mediums.
Dermatophytic and non-dermatophytic agents were identified according to micromorphology (Ridell technique). Results: The majority of the 1,496 specimens were skin (n = 985) and nail exams (n = 472). Of the 800 positive cultures, 246 (30.8%) corresponded to dermatophytes and 336 (42%) to yeasts of the genus Candida, 190 (23.7%) to other yeasts, 27 (3.4%) to non-dermatophytic filamentous fungi and one (0.1%) the agent of subcutaneous mycosis. Lesions considered primary occurred in greater numbers (59.5%) than recurrent lesions (37.4%), with a greater concentration of positivity occurring on the arms and legs. Conclusions: Comorbidities, allergies and diabetes mellitus were conditions associated with greater positivity in direct mycological