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Exuberant clinical presentation of probable Malassezia folliculitis in a young nonimmunosuppressed patient

DOI: 10.1590/S0365-05962012000300016

Keywords: folliculitis, malassezia, skin, skin manifestations, spores, fungal.

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malassezia folliculitis is an inflammatory disorder observed in both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed patients. the authors describe an unusual and exuberant presumed case affecting the face, trunk and upper limbs of a 12-year-old nonimmunosuppressed patient. although the agent was not identified by culture, the clinical and histopathological aspects plus the response to specific treatment support the diagnosis of malassezia folliculitis. the only possible predisponent cause observed on the patient was greasy skin. repetitive cultures were negative. treatment with itraconazol promoted apparent cure, however, the patient relapsed twelve months later.


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