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The role of IL-6 in the etology of tinea versicolor in group of Iraqi patients.

Authors: Mukarum AL-Waiz --- Khalida M. AL-Mussawy --- Wifaq M. AL-Wattar
Journal: Journal of the Faculty of Medicine مجلة كلية الطب ISSN: 00419419 Year: 2010 Volume: 52 Issue: 2 Pages: 192-194
Publisher: Baghdad University جامعة بغداد


Background Tinea versicolor is a common dermatological problem worldwide in distribution, caused by dimorphic fungus called Malassezia furfur, they exist at the very interface between commensal and pathogen and, as such, their interaction with the human immune system is of great interest. Immuno-inflamatory activity mediated by different cytokines could have a role in the etiology of tinea versicolor.
Patients and Method: The study covered 46 subjects .It comprised 26 patients with TV compared with 20 healthy normal controls. Serum IL-6 analysis was done by ELISA.
Results: The level of IL-6 was elevated in patients with tinea versicolor, when compared with healthy control. Conclusion: IL-6 increases during the infection and could be part of a complex immune response leading to fungal elimination from human body.

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