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PEREZ-ELIZONDO, Antonio David; PINEDA-PINEDA, Judith A  and  SANCHEZ- CASTILLO, José Luis. Sporotrichosis in children: two-case presentation. Infect. [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.2, pp.128-131. ISSN 0123-9392.

Sporotrichosis is an uncommon subcutaneous disease in children. It is a fungal infection produced by Sporothrix schenckii mold, and it is generally associated with small skin injuries that become exposed to contaminated soil, hay, wood or vegetation, or sometimes by scratches or bites made by infected animals. According to the quantity of the inoculum and the host´s immunity, it is classified in fixed cutaneous form, lymphocutaneous presentation, disseminated (cutaneous and systemic) and extracutaneous form (osteoarticular, other organs). Diagnosis is based on the morphological characteristics of the skin lesions, supported by KOH examination and culture, histopathology analysis and sporotrichin skin test. When possible, the gold standard treatment for this mycosis is potassium iodine, 1-3 g in three doses; oral imidazol and terbinafine are also very effective. We present two cases of infected children, emphasizing its typical clinical course and presentation, as well as different therapeutic options available.

Keywords : subcutaneous micosis; sporotrichosis; inespecific; childhood.

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