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Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp

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Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp is a rare and severe form of scalp folliculitis. It is sometimes associated with acne conglobata, hidradenitis suppurativa and spinal arthritis. Signs and symptoms of this condition include lardge nodules and cysts as well as smaller follicular papules. Hair loss occurs over the affected region and permanent scarring and bald patches appear. Treatment options for dissecting cellulitis of the scalp includes steroids and antibiotics but the condition does not typically improve even after treatment.[1]
Last updated: 3/21/2013


  1. DermNet NZ. Scalp Folliculitis. Perifolliculitis capitis abscedens et suffodiens . Accessed 3/21/2013.
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  • The North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) has developed an informative page on cicatricial alopecia. Click on the link to learn more.
  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.

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