Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 11 Dec 2022

Sporotrichosis is a rare chronic fungal infection.


Sporotrichosis is caused by a dimorphic fungus Sporothrix spp.:

  • Sporothrix schenckii: considered the most common and can affect the respiratory system

  • Sporothrix brasiliensis

  • Sporothrix globosa

  • Sporothrix pallida

  • Sporothrix mexicana

It commonly affects the skin but can rarely affect extracutaneous sites such as

In immunocompromised hosts, the infection can disseminate hematogenously to affect other organ systems (e.g. central nervous system).

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