Table 5

Results from culture-based epidemiological studies of seborrheic dermatitis

ReferenceNo. of patients/no. of positive cultures% of cultures positive for: Culture medium a Location(s)Description
M. globosaM. restrictaM. sympodialisM. furfurM. slooffiaeM. obtusaM. dermatisM. japonica
138 28/234537.57.5108LNACanadaPatients in this group had higher CFU counts in healthy than in diseased skin
238 60/3122.5382893LNASouth KoreaVariations in isolation of species according to age; variation, yet not significant, in isolation of species according to body part; M. restricta on forehead, M. sympodialis andM. globosa on chest
146 100/77569132.51LNAIran M. globosa was more commonly isolated from face, M. furfur was more commonly isolated from trunk
277 16/14364371443LNASwedenMixed species were cultured in 11% of patients; healthy skin and seborrheic dermatitis skin were significantly more colonized than atopic eczema skin
112 45/385848825mDAGreeceStrains of less common species were coisolated with M. globosa and M. restricta
228 4221621DAJapanNo difference in isolation rate of M. globosa and M. furfur from lesional and nonlesional skin, but these two species were significantly more common than in skin of healthy subjects
254 40/3517.527.512.512.515mDABosnia and Herzegovina2.5% of patients had M. pachydermatis on lesional skin; isolation from scalp/face was performed
  • a LNA, Leeming-Notman agar; mDA, modified Dixon's agar; DA, Dixon's agar.