Tinea Capitis Mimicking Dissecting Cellulitis

Authors

  • Rachel D. Torok M.D.,

    1. Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
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  • Jane S. Bellet M.D.

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
    2. Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
    • Address correspondence to Jane S. Bellet, M.D., Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center, 5324 McFarland Dr., Suite 410, Durham, NC 27707, or e-mail: jane.bellet@duke.edu.

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Abstract

Tinea capitis is a common disease of childhood that typically follows one of several clinical patterns. Our patient and several previously reported cases demonstrate the existence of a dissecting cellulitis-like presentation of tinea capitis. This variant should be recognized to prevent misdiagnosis of dissecting cellulitis and allow proper treatment to prevent scarring alopecia.

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