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Answers to Dermatophile questions
  1. Vânia Oliveira Carvalho,
  2. Jandrei Rogério Markus,
  3. Renata Robl,
  4. Marjorie Uber,
  5. Kerstin Taniguchi Abagge,
  6. Leide Parolin Marinoni
  1. Division of Pediatric Dermatology, Department of Pediatrics, Federal University of Paraná, Hospital de Clínicas da UFPR, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Vânia Oliveira Carvalho, Pediatric Dermatology, Hospital de Clinicas – UFPR, Rua Richard Strauss 62, Vista Alegre, Curitiba/Paraná, CEP 80.820-110, Brazil; rcarvalho50{at}

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Answer to Question 1

The answer is F, tinea capitis. Tinea capitis is a common fungal infection in childhood, which is caused by dermatophytes and manifests as scaly areas of alopecia on the scalp associated with tonsured hair (broken off a few millimetres above the scalp surface.).1 Transmission of the agent Microsporum canis can occur during contact with infected domestic animals (cats and dogs), which can be asymptomatic carriers without skin or hair lesions. Tinea capitis should be clinically suspected in the presence of tonsured hair and scales in an area of alopecia, especially when contact with animals is reported. Fungal culture confirms the diagnosis.1 Oral griseofulvin …

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  • Funding CNPq funded this work.

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  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethics Committee of the Hospital de Clínicas, Federal University of Paraná-Curitiba-Paraná-Brazil.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.