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July 1962

Tinea Imbricata Successfully Treated with Griseofulvin: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


Chief, Section of Dermatology (Dr. Fernandez); Senior Resident (Dr. Jao).

Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(1):65-67. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590070071011

Since 1959 numerous glowing reports on the successful use of griseofulvin in most of the dermatophytic infections have appeared in the literature. Reports on its use in trichophyton concentricum infections, however, have been scanty. Belisario and Havyatt,1 MacLennan,2 and Chermsirivathana and Boonsri3 have reported on their favorable experiences with the use of this oral antifungal drug on tinea imbricata.

Report of a Case  A 52-year-old Filipino from the island of Mindoro in central Philippines was admitted to the Philippine General Hospital on March 24, 1961, for a surgical condition. The patient was referred to us for a generalized cutaneous eruption of about 42 years' duration. The skin showed a diffuse generalized dry exfoliation and reddish-brown maculopapular eruptions on the trunk and extremities. The scales were dirty gray in color, thin and flaky, and appeared to be detached on 1 side. They were characteristically arranged in polymorphic and