What is the causative agent of erythrasma?

Updated: Sep 10, 2018
  • Author: Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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C minutissimum, a member of the normal skin flora, is the causative agent of erythrasma. The bacterium is a lipophilic, gram-positive, non–spore-forming, aerobic, and catalase-positive diphtheroid. C minutissimum ferments glucose, dextrose, sucrose, maltose, and mannitol.


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