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Trichotillomania in a young male complicated by tinea capitis associated with Cryptococcus laurentii and Candida parapsilosis

Authors Fellner M

Received 21 January 2013

Accepted for publication 4 February 2013

Published 3 March 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 71—73


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Michael J Fellner

Department of Dermatology, New York Medical College, New York, NY, USA

Abstract: This is the first case report of tinea capitis associated with Cryptococcus laurentii as well as Candida parapsilosis in an eleven year old male which responded to treatments with griseofulvin, lamisil, as well as fluconazole only to show recurrent alopecia from an underlying problem of trichotillomania. When confronted with the biopsy diagnosis of trichotillomania, the family admitted knowledge of the hair pulling disorder for at least five years. It took three providers to finally solve the question of the recalcitrant alopecia.

Keywords: tinea capitis, trichotillomania, lamisil, fluconazole, griseofulvin, cryptococcus laurentii, candida parapsilosis

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