First report of otitis externa caused by Schizophyllum commune and review of the literature
Basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune is a widely distributed cellulolytic fungus that is a well-known pathogen. It can cause a wide range of different infections, and here we describe the first case of otitis externa and a molecularly based identification process.
Introduction: Ubiquitous fungus Schizophyllum commune is the most common filamentous basidiomycetes that causes infections in humans. It is well known as an agent of chronicle and allergical sinusitis, pulmonary diseases, such as allergic bronchopulmonary mycoses, bronchopneumonia, bronchogenic cysts and bronchial mucoid impaction. Other infections are very rare. As far as we know, this is the first description of otitis externa caused by this fungus.