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October 1988

Scalp Colonization by Trichophyton tonsurans in an Urban Pediatric Clinic: ?Asymptomatic Carrier State

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, The Children's Mercy Hospital and The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (Drs Sharma, Hall, Knapp, and Sarai and Ms Galloway), and the Division of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit (Dr Babel).

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(10):1511-1513. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670100013004

• Random culturing of the scalp in 200 healthy children in a large metropolitan children's hospital revealed that eight (4%) of the patients had cultures that were positive for Trichophyton tonsurans variety sulfureum. Infections were not clinically apparent and were asymptomatic. All of the patients with positive cultures were black and six braided their hair. Trichophyton tonsurans appears to exist in an asymptomatic state in this welldefined population of children.

(Arch Dermatol 1988;124:1511-1513)

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