Close up of the foot of a mycetoma sufferer.
Mycetoma is an uncommon disease found in the tropics. It is a chronic, localised infection of the skin and underlying tissues characterised by the formation of several abscesses (collections of pus) and granulomas (collections of epitheloid histiocyte cells produced in an immunologic response to the pathogen). These cells are a specialised type of macrophage that engulf the particulate matter and attempted to digest it, but do not succeed. Failure to