Korean J Med Mycol.  2006 Mar;11(1):31-34.

Six Cases of Tinea Capitis in Adults

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea. mhlee@khmc.or.kr

Abstract

Tinea capitis is a fungal infection of the scalp and hair. It is very common in children and unusual in adults. We evaluated the clinical and mycologic aspects of tinea capitis in 6 adult patients registered in Kyunghee University Hospital from January 2003 to December 2003. The isolated dermatophytic flora of the patients consisted of Trichophyton rubrum (83%) and Microsporum canis (17%). When tinea capitis occurs in adults the clinical features may be atypical and this may delay the diagnosis. The necessity for heightened clinical suspicion and diagnostic tenacity in the evaluation of adults with scalp dermatitis and/or alopecia for possible tinea capitis is underscored.

Keyword

Tinea capitis; Adults

MeSH Terms

Adult*
Alopecia
Child
Dermatitis
Diagnosis
Hair
Humans
Microsporum
Scalp
Tinea Capitis*
Tinea*
Trichophyton
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