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June 1986

PseudomonilethrixAn Artifact

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(6):688-690. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660180094023

• Pseudomonilethrix is a microscopic hair shaft abnormality characterized by small beaded globular swellings. It is an artifact produced while preparing hairs for microscopic examination and occurs when overlapped hairs are pressed together between glass slides. Evidence documenting this finding is presented.

(Arch Dermatol 1986;122:688-690)