Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ringworm of the Scalp Evaluation

The evaluation of tinea capitis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with tinea capitis include:

Tests may be necessary to make the diagnosis of tinea capitis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate tinea capitis include:
  • Examination of the skin under an ultraviolet light
  • Skin scraping:
    • For examination under the microscope
  • Skin biopsy

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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