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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-36

A case of otomycosis caused by Lichtheimia corymbifera (syn. Absidia corymbifera, Mycocladus corymbifer) in a healthy immunocompetent individual


Department of Microbiology, Smt. N. H. L. Municipal Medical College, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad, India

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Parul D Shah
Department of Microbiology, Smt. N. H. L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad - 380 006
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.85806

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A case of otomycosis caused by Lichtheimia corymbifera from an immunocompetent patient with no known predisposing factor is reported. A 55-year-old, otherwise healthy male was presented to us with history of left-sided earache and yellowish-white ear discharge since 10 days. Ear discharge and bits of necrotic tissue were collected from ear through otoscope and processed. Direct wet mount by potassium hydroxide (10% KOH) was performed which showed broad, aseptate and branched hyphae suggestive of zygomycosis. On culture after 48 hours, cottony, wooly and fluffy growth was observed. Culture was subjected to Lactophenol Cotton Blue (LCB) mount which confirmed the presence of L. corymbifera. The patient responded well to suction clearance and debridement followed by drug therapy with amphotericin B.


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