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chromomycosis in Medicine

chromomycosis chro·mo·my·co·sis (krō'mō-mī-kō'sĭs)
A localized chronic mycosis of skin, characterized by rough, irregular lesions and caused by several dark-colored fungi. Also called chromoblastomycosis, dermatitis verrucosa.

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infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues that is characterized by the development of warty lesions, usually on the foot and leg. It occurs as a result of traumatic inoculation with any of several saprophytic fungi (genera Phialophora, Cladosporium, and Hormodendrum [or Fonsecaea]). The lesions develop over a period of years and usually remain localized; metastases (transfers from one site to another) are very rare. Treatment is by excision of the lesions, by iodide or X-ray therapy, or by local injection of the antibiotic amphotericin B.

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