Tinea capitis

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Description this chapter describes dermoscopy of tinea capitis
Author(s) Anna Waskiel Burnat · Lidia Rudnicka · Adriana Rakowska
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Status update April 4, 2018
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The most characteristic trichoscopic findings of tinea capitis include comma hairs, corkscrew hairs, zigzag hairs and Morse code hairs (1-3) (4, 5) (6-8). Moreover black dots and broken hairs are frequently detected (9). Other trichoscopic features include bent hairs, i-hairs, block hairs and perifollicular/interfollicular scaling (10, 11).
The successful treatment of tinea capitis is characterized by reduction of short broken hairs, corkscrew hairs and zigzag hairs and latter comma hairs and black dots (10).


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Trichoscopy of tinea capitis with presence of comma hairs, corkscrew hairs and Morse code hairs.