Tinea capitis mimicking folliculitis decalvans

C. Tangjaturonrusamee, B. M. Piraccini, C. Vincenzi, M. Starace, A. Tosti

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We report on an adult patient with tinea capitis caused by Microsporum canis, who presented with diffuse alopecia and follicular pustules, mimicking folliculitis decalvans. Examination of the scalp showed severe alopecia with prominent involvement of the frontal and vertex scalp: the skin was markedly erythematous with pustules and brownish crusts. Videodermoscopy revealed visible follicular ostia, numerous pustular lesions and several comma hairs. Fluconazole 150 mg a week for 8 weeks associated with ketoconazole shampoo cleared the inflammatory lesions and produced complete hair regrowth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-88
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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