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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2006 December;141(6):521-4

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Tinea faciei: a diagnostic challenge

Zampino M. R., Osti F., Virgili A., Corazza M.

Unit of Dermatology Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy


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Tinea faciei is an unusual dermatophytosis which can mimic several facial dermatoses and thus lead to a delayed diagnosis and to an inadequate treatment. If topical steroids have been administered, this modifies the aspect of the dermatitis and induces a further delay in its recognition. We report 2 cases of tinea faciei; the first had an intriguing clinical aspect mimicking Demodex folliculitis, the other one had the clinical and histopathological aspect of chronic lupus erythematosus. The microscopic examination was decisive in both cases to make a correct diagnosis and treatment.

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