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May 1951


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AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;63(5):638. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570050096013

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Tinea capitis due to Microsporum audouini is believed by most investigators to be transmitted from man to man or indirectly from clothing or furniture contaminated with infected hairs.

REPORT OF A CASE  In February 1949, we observed a 7 year old boy presenting areas on the scalp clinically suggestive of tinea capitis due to M. audouini. The areas of semibaldness or broken hairs were fluorescent to examination with Wood's light. Cultures were positive for M. audouini.The mother was emphatic in her belief that the patient had not come in contact with a child known to have tinea capitis. The patient was the only child in his school found positive on Wood light examination, and no child in the immediate neighborhood was known to have the disease. The mother suggested that her fox terrior might be the source. The dog was examined and was found to have circinate eczematous lesions

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