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March 1931

DISSECTING CELLULITIS OF THE SCALP: (PERIFOLLICULITIS CAPITIS ABSCEDENS ET SUFFODIENS)

Author Affiliations

CLEVELAND

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, St. Luke's Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(3):503-518. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880210096008
Abstract

In 1921, Wise and Parkhurst1 described under the title, "A Rare Form of Suppurating and Cicatrizing Disease of the Scalp," a process involving the vertex characterized by numerous nodules ranging in size from that of a pea to that of a hazelnut. Some of these nodules were firm to palpation while others were fluctuant. Pressure exerted on a soft lesion caused a seropurulent discharge to be expressed from sinuses either at the base or at a distance of from 1 (2.5 cm.) to 3 (7.6 cm.) inches, indicating that the nodules had coalesced in the deep layers of the scalp. Some of the sinuses could be probed for from one-half (1.27 cm.) to 3 inches (7.6 cm.) with relatively little pain. The surfaces of the nodules showed no hair, while in the depressions between them the hair remained, but could be removed by slight traction.

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