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Recurrent Trichosporon asahii Glossitis: A Case Report

Ban Tawfeek Shareef, Azian Harun, Yusof Roziawati, Ismail Shaiful Bahari, Zakuan Zainy Deris, Manickam Ravichandran

Citation Information : Shareef BT, Harun A, Roziawati Y, Bahari IS, Deris ZZ, Ravichandran M. Recurrent Trichosporon asahii Glossitis: A Case Report. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008; 9 (3):114-120.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-9-3-114

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).



This case report aims at describing an infection of the tongue as a manifestation of a Trichosporon asahii infection, its association with bronchial asthma and steroid administration, and to present a review of the literature pertaining to its antifungal susceptibility profile.


Trichosporon asahii has been reported to be associated with a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations, ranging from superficial infection to severe disseminated diseases, particularly in immunocompromised patients.

Case Report

A 36-year-old male asthmatic patient with recurrent glossitis presented with a chief complaint of burning sensation and two red areas on the dorsum of the tongue of three months duration. The glossitis was associated with Trichosporon asahii, which had a reduced susceptibility to some azole antifungal agents.


Trichosporon asahii is an emerging fungal pathogen which may cause a wide range of clinical manifestations. More reports on its various clinical presentations in the oral environment need to be made available in the literature. To date there is a paucity of data on its prevalence, pathogenesis, and antifungal resistance mechanism.


Shareef BT, Harun A, Roziawati Y, Shaiful Bahari I, Deris ZZ, Ravichandran M. Recurrent Trichosporon asahii Glossitis: A Case Report. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008 March; (9)3:114-120.

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