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May 1955


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, New York University Post-Graduate Medical School (Dr. Marion B. Sulzberger, Chairman) and the Skin and Cancer Unit of New York University Hospital.

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(5):641-642. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540290081024

Widespread and bizarre cutaneous lesions caused by Trichophyton rubrum are being reported with increasing frequency.*

Cases of tinea barbae caused by T. rubrum are, however, infrequently encountered and are rarely seen in the urban centers of northeastern United States.

Since the case reported by Loewenthal and Rein in 19517 and that of Ludwig in 19538 from this Institution, three proved cases have been observed by us at the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York University Hospital.

Case 1.—J. K., a white man, aged 43, was seen in May, 1951, with the history of a recurrent eruption on the legs, buttocks and groins of 12 years' duration and a recent eruption on the bearded area of the face and neck. Examination revealed erythematous, scaling, circinate lesions with vesicular borders on the legs, buttocks, and groins. The bearded regions of the face and neck presented