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Image Correspondence
2 (
1
); 48-49
doi:
10.25259/IJPGD_81_2023

Copper Penny Bodies in Chromoblastomycosis

Department of Dermatology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Department of Dermatology, Base Hospital Delhi Cantt and Army College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Corresponding author: Pankaj Das, Department of Dermatology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India. pankaj3609@gmail.com
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How to cite this article: Das P, Vasudevan B, Singh GK, Sapra D. Copper Penny Bodies in Chromoblastomycosis. Indian J Postgrad Dermatol. 2024;2:48-9. doi: 10.25259/IJPGD_81_2023

A 63-year-old male presented with ulcerated lesions over the left leg of 3 years duration. Examination revealed verrucous plaques, erosions and ulcers covered with crusts with areas of scarring [Figure 1]. A 10% potassium hydroxide mount revealed small round light-brown coloured bodies lying singly and in clusters called copper penny bodies, medlar bodies and muriform or sclerotic cells diagnostic of chromoblastomycosis [Figure 2]. Chromoblastomycosis is a subcutaneous mycosis caused by a group of dematiaceous (pigment-producing) fungi.[1] Medlar bodies are thick-walled cells (5–12 microns) with multiple internal transverse septa or chambers that resemble copper pennies.[2]

Figure 1:
Left leg showing verrucous plaques, erosions, ulcers covered with crusts with areas of scarring, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Figure 2:
10% potassium hydroxide (KOH) mount showing small round light brown coloured bodies lying singly and in groups called copper penny bodies, medlar bodies and muriform or sclerotic cells diagnostic of chromoblastomycosis (×100, KOH).

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