Ringworm of the scalp is a common disease among children in the United States. The literature is replete with reports of numerous epidemics of the type due to Microsporum audouini as well as endemic cases resulting from infection with the types of fungi occurring on animal hosts. Ringworm of the scalp of adults, however, is unusual and warrants attention, if for no other purpose than to renew awareness of its existence and the need for considering it in the differential diagnosis of diseases of the scalp in persons beyond puberty.
Fox and Fowlkes1 reviewed the subject of ringworm of the scalp in adults in 1925. Since that time there has been no comprehensive consideration of its morbidity in the literature. Isolated reports of cases are found. In the review by Fox and Fowlkes it was found that 53 cases, including their own, had been reported. Of these
HIRSCHMANN VR, OLANSKY S. RINGWORM OF THE SCALP OF AN ADULT: Report of a Case. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(1):122–124. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530080128022
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