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January 1955


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Radiology, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and the Children's Hospital, Cincinnati.

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(1):116-117. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540250118023

In the recent epidemics of tinea capitis there is occasionally a need for roentgen epilation of children under the age of 3 years. While in many children this procedure can be carried out easily in the ordinary manner, there are some children who can be treated only after being anesthetized in order to insure immobilization. Such a procedure is especially indicated in a family in which several children are infected. If one child is left untreated, he then serves as a reservoir, making the possibility of reinfection of the older children after their initial succesful epilation very likely.

MacKee and Cipollaro state that as a rule it is impossible, or at least very difficult, to depilate the entire head of a child under 2 or 3 years of age for the simple reason that the patient will not remain quiet.*

In the past three years at the Children's Hospital 10

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