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August 1985

Perifolliculitis Capitis Abscedens et Suffodiens (Hoffman): Complete Healing Associated With Oral Zinc Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Berne and Öhman) and Clinical Chemistry (Dr Venge), University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(8):1028-1030. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660080082019

• A 24-year-old man with a one-year history of perifolliculitis capitis abscedens et suffodiens (Hoffman) was treated with oral zinc sulfate. Complete healing was seen after three months and the treatment was continued for a total of six months. No relapse has occurred during a five-year follow-up. The mechanisms through which zinc therapy might influence inflammatory conditions are not fully understood.

(Arch Dermatol 1985;121:1028-1030)