Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp

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Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp

Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp, also known as dissecting scalp cellulitis, dissecting folliculitis of the scalp, perifolliculitis capitis abscedens et suffodiens of Hoffman, perifolliculitis abscedens et suffodiens, or folliculitis abscedens et suffodiens, is an inflammatory condition of the scalp that can lead to scarring alopecia, which begins with deep inflammatory nodules, primarily over occiput, that progresses to coalescing regions of boggy scalp. Boggy tissue has a high fluid level that results in a spongy feeling. Isotretinoin proves to be the medicine of choice for the treatment of the disease. [1] [2]:649[3]:761[4]

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  1. ^ http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/715199_5
  2. ^ Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-138076-0.
  3. ^ James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.). Saunders. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  4. ^ Scheinfeld NS (February 2003). "A case of dissecting cellulitis and a review of the literature". Dermatol. Online J. 9 (1): 8. PMID 12639466.

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