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October 1981

Tinea Incognito

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Toledo, Ohio

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(10):606-607. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650100006009

To the Editor.—  Dermatophyte infections of the skin occur worldwide and can involve people of all ages. The clinical manifestation of tinea corporis can vary considerably, and the disease may masquerade as a number of other dermatoses. This was an unusual case of tinea incognito.

Report of a Case.—  A 36-year-old man was initially seen as an outpatient at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, with a six-year history of asymptomatic, flat patches of alopecia on his legs and trunk. The condition had begun insidiously on the lower part of his legs with two small round lesions that expanded in size with time. Additional lesions appeared on his arms and chest as well as on his legs. Oral and intramuscular therapy and topical 0.1% triamcinolone acetonide cream had resulted in no clinical improvement. The patient denied any history of other medical problems.On physical examination, numerous round to oval patches

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