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August 1985

Perifolliculitis Capitis Abscedens et Suffodiens (Hoffman)Complete Healing Associated With Oral Zinc Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Berne and Öhman) and Clinical Chemistry (Dr Venge), University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(8):1028-1030. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660080082019

• A 24-year-old man with a one-year history of perifolliculitis capitis abscedens et suffodiens (Hoffman) was treated with oral zinc sulfate. Complete healing was seen after three months and the treatment was continued for a total of six months. No relapse has occurred during a five-year follow-up. The mechanisms through which zinc therapy might influence inflammatory conditions are not fully understood.

(Arch Dermatol 1985;121:1028-1030)