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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93-94

Co-localization of dermatophytosis with bt hansen in a child: A paradox

Department of Dermatology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha 'O' Anusundhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Arunima Ray
Department of Dermatology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha 'O' Anusundhan University, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/ijpd.ijpd_71_21

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Co-localization of fungal infections in preexisting BT Hansen's patches is rare. Previously, co-localization of dermatophytic infection with BT Hansen has never been reported. Pathologically, it is a paradox, because tuberculoid leprosy has an increased expression of Langerhans cells and dendritic cell, which are the primary mediators of first-line cutaneous mediators of immunity. Since superficial fungal infections such as pityriasis versicolor and tinea favor skin appendages, it may explain why such co-localization is not seen even when both disease entities, tinea and Hansen, are highly prevalent in certain regions of India.

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