Cytologic findings in Demodex folliculitis

A case report and review of the literature

Huijun Dong, Lisa Duncan

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Abstract

Infectious folliculitis of the head and neck has various etiologies, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Accurate morphologic recognition of microorganisms in biopsy and cytologic specimens is paramount in facilitating appropriate therapy. We report a case of a 37-yr-old white male with Demodex folliculitis, who presented with an extensive and painful erythematous pustular skin lesion along the right face and scalp in a dermatome pattern clinically suggestive of Varicella zoster. Examination of scraped smears obtained from one of these pustules revealed numerous parasitic organisms having morphologic features typical of Demodex. Herein, we describe the patient's clinical presentation, discuss the cytologic findings of scrape smears, and briefly review the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-234
Number of pages3
JournalDiagnostic Cytopathology
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

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Folliculitis
Chickenpox
Herpes Zoster
Scalp
Parasites
Fungi
Neck
Head
Viruses
Bacteria
Biopsy
Skin
Therapeutics

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Cytologic findings in Demodex folliculitis : A case report and review of the literature. / Dong, Huijun; Duncan, Lisa.

In: Diagnostic Cytopathology, Vol. 34, No. 3, 01.03.2006, p. 232-234.

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