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An. Bras. Dermatol. vol.86 no.4 Rio de Janeiro July/Aug. 2011 



Rhinosporidiosis - cutaneous manifestation*



Andrelou Fralete Ayres VallarelliI; Silvânia Pinheiro RosaII; Elemir Macedo de SouzaIII

IPh.D. - Private practice - São Paulo (SP), Brazil
IIDermatologist and specialist by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology - Private practice - São Paulo (SP), Brazil
IIIAssistant professor (faculty member) - Assistant professor of Dermatology at the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) - São Paulo (SP), Brazil

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Rhinosporidiosis is an infectious mucocutaneous disease caused by Rhinosporidium seeberi. It is characterized by sessile or pedunculated polyps which are erythematous, moriform and friable and which mainly affect the ocular and nasal mucosa. The occurrence of skin lesions is occasional and due to dissemination from the adjacent mucosa, direct inoculation or hematogenous dissemination. The authors report the clinical case of an eight-year-old boy with an isolated lesion located in the medial epicanthus of the right eye.

Keywords: Communicable diseases; Parasitic diseases; Rhinosporidiosis; Rhinosporidium



Rhinosporidiosis is an infectious mucocutaneous granulomatous disease caused by Rhinosporidium seeberi. It usually affects the nasooropharynx, occasionally affecting the conjunctiva and the lacrimal sac, and sporadically, the urethra, mulatto male patient from the state of Maranhao presenting a sessile tumor genitalia, larynx, paranasal sinuses and the skin (Figures 1 and 2).1-3 Cases of rhinosporidiosis have with an irregular, friable, been reported in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, with high prevalence in India and Sri Lanka.1,2, 4 It is endemic in the western region of northeastern Brazil. It occurs by inoculation of spores present in stagnant water or dust from fields. It is more common in men, especially affecting the nose. Eye infection is more prevalent in women.1,2,6,8 The histology and/or cytology performed after fine needle aspiration (FNAC) serve to confirm the diagnosis (Figures 3 and 4A).3 The first reference was credited to Malbran (1896). Guilhermo Seeber (1900) reported the causative agent and classified it as a protozoan from the Coccidioidaceae family. A phylogenetic analysis classified it as belonging to the group DRIPs (Dermocystidium, rosette agent, Ichthyophorus, and Psorospernim), an aquatic protistan parasite (Figure 4B).2,










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Received on 14.03.2010.
Approved by the Editorial Board and accepted for publication on 31.08.2010.

Conflict of interest: None
Financial funding: None



* Work conducted at University of Campinas (Unicamp) - São Paulo (SP), Brazil.

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