There was also presence of rounded, thick-walled, and dark brown pigmented sclerotic bodies. The fungal spores were arranged singly as well as in small clusters.
Caption: Figure 3: Microsection showing pigmented sclerotic bodies within the vegetable cells.
Chromoblastomycosis is caused primarily by a few species of fungi that produce characteristic sclerotic bodies in tissue and is usually seen in tropical areas .
In chromoblastomycosis there are characteristic sclerotic bodies which can be single or clusters and they are also called "copper penny lesions" which may show internal septation.
It is most commonly caused by Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Cladophialophora carrionii and Phialophora verrucosa.(1) The disease is characterised by the presence of sclerotic bodies in the tissue.
Pigmented sclerotic bodies noted in 10% KOH mount (Fig.
At places sclerotic bodies
(copper penny bodies) were seen confirming the diagnosis of chromoblastomycosis (Figure 4).
This chronic fungal infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues is caused by black molds that form sclerotic bodies
in the infected tissues.
These are known as sclerotic bodies
, muriform cells, or medlar bodies, and are 5-12 mm in diameter.
No specific organism or asteroid bodies were seen in any of the cases of sporotrichosis; characteristic muriform or sclerotic bodies
However, an easier and more rapid method of diagnosis is bedside demonstration of sclerotic bodies
in KOH examination.
The sclerotic bodies
are thick walled, brownish, septate sclerotic bodies
in the tissues, which are the characteristic and diagnostic finding of the disease.