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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 703240, 4 pages
Case Report

Onychomycosis due to Cunninghamella bertholletiae in an Immunocompetent Male from Central India

1Microbiology Department, AIIMS Bhopal, India
2Dermatology Department, AIIMS Bhopal, India

Received 8 September 2015; Revised 2 November 2015; Accepted 3 November 2015

Academic Editor: Paola Di Carlo

Copyright © 2015 Karuna Tadepalli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of nails seen frequently in immune competent and immune compromised patients due to dermatophytes, Candida spp., Fusarium spp., Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, Penicillium spp., and Aspergillus spp. We report a case of onychomycosis in a young immunocompetent male who presented onycholysis of a solitary nail without inflammation. The etiological agent was diagnosed to be Cunninghamella bertholletiae, a fungus pertaining to the order Mucorales (subdivision Mucoromycotina) and known for some of the invasive lesions among immunocompromised patients. This case demonstrates the association of onychomycosis with Cunninghamella bertholletiae in an immune competent individual, not reported so far.