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June 1983

Tinea Capitis in the New York City Area

Author Affiliations

From the US Public Health Service Hospital, Staten Island, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(6):532-533. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650300086021

Tinea capitis, primarily a disease of childhood, is being diagnosed with increasing frequency at the US Public Health Service Hospital, Staten Island, NY. This infection can be caused by various dermatophyte species; the predominant organism varies with time and geographic location. We report a consecutive series of 31 patients with tinea capitis. In each case, Trichophyton tonsurans, an endothrix organism, was the causative agent.

Patients and Methods  During the period from 1976 to 1981, 31 patients with scalp disorders confirmed to be tinea capitis were examined in our dermatology clinic. Twenty-nine patients (94% ) were examined since August 1978. Each patient was examined with a Wood's light, and fungal cultures were obtained using a culture medium. All patients had positive cultures identified by colony morphology and microscopic examination of cotton blue-stained slides.The 31 patients ranged in age from 3 to 27 years; 29 patients (94% ) were between 3 and 10

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