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May 1955


AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(5):656-659. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540290096032

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Tinea Capitis et Corporis Contracted from a Monkey. Presented by Dr. Orlando Canizares.

S. H., a girl aged 4 years, developed an eruption on the chest about two weeks after her parents had acquired a pet monkey. The patient often played with the monkey in close contact, especially around the neck. A few days after onset the eruption spread to the neck and back, and a patch of alopecia appeared on the scalp. Other lesions later developed on her arms. The eruption has been present now for about five weeks.

The father, mother, brother, and both grandmothers of the patient also present lesions of tinea circinata. Eight of her cousins also contracted ringworm of the body, and two of them also present ringworm of the scalp. All had been in contact with the monkey.

There is a patch of alopecia on the scalp about the size of a silver dollar

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