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Lobomycosis Treatment & Management

  • Author: Kyle L Horner, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
Updated: Jan 13, 2014

Medical Care

A case report described a therapeutic response to a 1-year treatment with a combination of clofazimine at 100 mg/d and itraconazole at 100 mg/d.[71] Clofazimine alone improved the lesions in a few patients. Another case report described a patient in Peru who was cured after 27 months of posaconazole with no recurrence after 5 years of follow-up.[72]


Surgical Care

Although a few case reports describe success with oral clofazimine therapy,[73] the definitive treatment is surgical excision.[74] Recurrence at the excision site is not uncommon; however, if the disease is detected early, surgical excision may be curative.[68, 74] The major indication for excision is the prevention or correction of cosmetic disfigurement.



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Contributor Information and Disclosures

Kyle L Horner, MD, MS Physician, Grace Dermatology and Micrographic Surgery, Lebanon, OR

Kyle L Horner, MD, MS is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery

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Gregory J Raugi, MD, PhD Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Dermatology, University of Washington at Seattle School of Medicine; Chief, Dermatology Section, Primary and Specialty Care Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center of Seattle

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David F Butler, MD Section Chief of Dermatology, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System; Professor of Dermatology, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; Founding Chair, Department of Dermatology, Scott and White Clinic

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Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

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Keloidal nodule on the leg. Courtesy of Dr Roberto Baruzzi, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lobomycosis in this patient appears as a flat plaque lesion. Courtesy of Dr Roberto Baruzzi, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Separate keloidal lesions in a localized area. Courtesy of Dr Roberto Baruzzi, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Characteristic histologic appearance of the organism. Courtesy of Dr Roberto Baruzzi, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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