Abstract

Mycetoma (or "madura foot") is characterized by deformation, cutaneous lesions, infection of tissues extending from the cutaneous layer to the underlying fascia, and an indolent course. A number of fungal or bacterial agents that are introduced through traumatic inoculation can be responsible for the disease, but Actinomadura madurae is among the most common agents of mycetoma occurring worldwide. We report a case of madura foot caused by A. madurae in an immunocompetent young Somali man who was admitted with a diagnosis of skin and soft tissue infection of the left foot with osteomyelitis. The present report emphasizes the importance of the knowledge of this infection, which is sporadic but problematic to treat and, above all, difficult to diagnose. Moreover, a multidisciplinary approach with involvement of an infectious diseases specialist with experience in tropical diseases and a microbiology unit performing rapid molecular diagnostic tests is required for early diagnosis and an optimal antibiotic therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalLE INFEZIONI IN MEDICINA
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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