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December 1941


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(6):1168-1174. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500060189023

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Folliculitis Decalvans. Presented by Dr. L. M. Fruchtbaum.  S. B., a married woman aged 39, presented herself at the Long Island College Hospital for treatment of baldness of the scalp. Her present illness began at about the age of 10 years. At the beginning a lesion developed on her left temple and spread to the right temple, involving the areas behind the ears and finally the eyelids and eyebrows. At present there is an extensive bald area, smooth in appearance, with pustular lesions at the periphery through which hair protrudes, extending over both temples, behind the ears and over the eyebrows and eyelids. The patient states that the pustules heal at times. The Wassermann reaction of the blood was negative. Examination by fluorescent light and the microscope revealed no fungi.

DISCUSSION  Dr. C. T. Chiaramonte: From the history and the location of the lesions, I am inclined to disagree with

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