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March 29, 1971

Tinea Faciei Simulating Other Dermatoses

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; and the Dermatology Service, Presbyterian Hospital, New York (Dr. Shapiro). Dr. Cohen is in private practice in White Plains, NY.

JAMA. 1971;215(13):2106-2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180260048018

In four cases of tinea faciei due to Trichophyton mentagrophytes each patient's dermatosis was clinically deceptive, and had masqueraded under diagnoses such as lupus erythematosus or contact dermatitis for periods of up to five months. A greater awareness of the possibility of unusual forms of facial ringworm should increase the number of cases in which it is correctly diagnosed.