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Mycetoma in Ecuador


Background: Previous studies on the distribution of mycetoma globally have failed to identify Ecuador as an endemic country.

Methods: We present data on 35 cases of mycetoma in Ecuador between 1955 and 2021: 5 cases from our experience and 30 cases from the literature. Results Eight cases of eumycetoma (23%) and 27 cases of actinomycetoma (77%) were diagnosed. Most cases originated from the coastal region of Ecuador.

Conclusions: For the first time in an English-language publication, this communication confirms the presence of mycetoma in Ecuador, securing Ecuador's position on the global mycetoma map.

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Chandler DJ
Escalante L
Maldonado A
Tello S
Orellana S
Escalante E