Pityriasis Versicolor (Tinea Versicolor) Due to Malassezia Furfur: A Case Report


  • Aarthi Vara
  • Sreedevi S
  • Saraswathi K


A 22-year-old boy presented with 6 months history of asymptomatic hyperpigmented patches on the upper arms and trunk. Skin scrapings from the patches were subjected to 10% KOH wet mount which showed short, stout, blunt, curved hyphae and clusters of round yeast cells. Culture was put up on Sabouraud dextrose agar with olive oil overlay (SDA-0). Malassezia furfur was isolated from the culture. A diagnosis of Pityriasis versicolor was made which is an emerging fungal infection.


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