Abstract Infection of the scalp with Trichophyton sulfureum is evidently uncommon in the United States. Of 2,857 cases of tinea capitis seen at the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital from 1940 to 1947, there were only four infections with T. sulfureum.1 Another group in the same city observed five instances of this infection in 312 cases of tinea capitis.2 Slaughter3 reported a case of glabrous skin infection with T. sulfureum, and recently Moore and Wooldridge4 cited an instance of kerion caused by this organism. Georg, at the Communicable Disease Center, U. S. Public Health Service, in Atlanta, Georgia, states that infections with this organism are on the increase.5 Tinea capitis in the United States is caused largely by species of the genus Microsporum. The characteristic fluorescence exhibited by Microsporum-infected hairs under the Wood light is practically diagnostic of References 1. Montgomery, R. M.; Heinlein, J. A., and Karpluk, F. E.: Ringworm of the Scalp in New York , New York State J. Med. 48:629-630, 1948. 2. Lewis, G. M.; Hopper, M. E., and Reiss, F.: Ringworm of the Scalp: Clinical Data on Recent Cases; Experiences with Local Endocrine Therapy , J. A. M. A. 132:62-65 ( (Sept. 14) ) 1946.Crossref 3. Slaughter, J. C., and Cawley, E. P.: Infection of the Glabrous Skin Instigated by the Fungus Trichophyton Sulfureum: Report of Case , J. Invest. Dermat. 9:63-64, 1947.Crossref 4. Moore, M., and Wooldridge, W. E.: Kerion Caused by Trichophyton Sulfureum , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 61:460-465 ( (March) ) 1950. 5. Georg, L.: Personal communication to the author. 6. Lewis, G. M., and Hopper, M. E.: An Introduction to Medical Mycology , ed. 3, Chicago, The Year Book Publishers, Inc., 1948. 7. Conant, N. F., and others: Manual of Clinical Mycology (Military Medical Manual) , Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1944. 8. Carrión, A. L., and Silva, M.: Ringworm of the Scalp in Puerto Rico , Puerto Rico J. Pub. Health & Trop. Med. 19:329-390, 1944. 9. González Ochoa, A., and Romo Vazquez, B.: Dermatofitos causantes de tiña de la piel cabelluda en la ciudad de México , Rev. d. Inst. salub. y enferm. trop. 6:145-148, 1945. 10. Georg, L.: Influence of Nutrition on Growth and Morphology of the Dermatophytes , Tr. New York Acad. Sc. 11:281-286, 1949. 11. Lehmann, C. F.; Pipkin, J. L., and Ressman, A. C.: Cultural Survey of Tinea Capitis in San Antonio, Texas , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 61:488 ( (March) ) 1950. 12. Pendergrass, E. P., and Mahoney, J. F.: A Consideration of Roentgen Therapy in Producing Temporary Depilation for Tinea Capitis; New Method , Radiology 50:468-475, 1948.
A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology & Syphilology – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 1, 1951