Tinea capitis mimicking dissecting cellulitis in three children

Jennifer Shastry, Heather Ciliberto*, Dawn Marie Davis

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Tinea capitis mimicking dissecting cellulitis is a rare presentation, and there is a paucity of information regarding this presentation in the literature. Three children 10-14 years of age who presented with an unusual clinical manifestation of tinea capitis that clinically resembled dissecting cellulitis are reported. The patients were treated with systemic antifungals for 3-4 months. Treatment success was measured according to repeat fungal cultures and clinical assessment of hair regrowth at follow-up visits. All three patients had resolution of infection, with negative repeat fungal cultures and complete hair regrowth without scarring. These cases highlight a rare inflammatory subtype of tinea capitis that can be easily misdiagnosed and therefore improperly treated, prolonging the duration of infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e79-e83
JournalPediatric dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • alopecia
  • hair disorders
  • infection- fungal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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