Silvia Ferreira Silva Ferreira Silva, Carla Teixeira, Susana Machado, Laura Marques


Tinea capitis affects mostly children at school age. The transmission is possible through contact with infected animals, soil, from person to person and from contaminated objects. The clinical presentation ranges from a non-inflammatory lesion to an inflammatory disease with erythematous scaly lesions with alopecia, that may progress to Kerion celsi. Kerion is characterized by an inflammatory well-delimited and painful plaque, with pustules and suppurative abscesses. The resulting scars can cause alopecia. We report the clinical case of a tenyear- old child, residing in a rural area, who developed a scalp lesion after skull trauma, diagnosed as Kerion celsi. The authors want to draw attention to a rare complication of a common condition that may lead to permanent alopecia.


Alopecia, Kerion celsi, Tinea capitis

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