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October 1940

XC.—MICROSPOROSIS OF THE SCALP CAUSED BY MICROSPORUM FULVUM: REPORT OF A CASE AND DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNGUS

Author Affiliations

Mycologist to the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital, the Barnes Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine; Resident in Dermatology ST. LOUIS

Studies, observations and reports from the Departments of Dermatology and Mycology of the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital, service of Dr. M. F. Engman Sr.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(4):610-613. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490160070010
Abstract

The infrequency of microporosis due to Microsporum fulvum in the United States, and particularly in the midwest, warrants the report of the following case.

REPORT OF CASE  N. R., a boy aged 4 years, entered the dermatologic clinic of the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital on Dec. 19, 1939, with a "sore on the scalp," which, the child's mother stated, had been present for a week and showed a gradual increase in size.Examination showed a circular patch of dermatitis with some alopecia and short, broken-off hairs (fig. 1). The involved area was mildly hyperemic, slightly raised above the surface of the surrounding skin and approximately 3.5 cm. in diameter. The lesion consisted of discrete and confluent papules, which were covered with grayish scales.Scrapings from the lesion and some of the short, broken-off hairs were examined microscopically. They showed filaments and chains of spores, particularly the freshly infected

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