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Kerion - Cellulitis
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Kerion - Cellulitis

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Contributors: Tara Mahar MD, Art Papier MD
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Synopsis

A kerion is an acute inflammatory reaction that accompanies severe cases of tinea capitis (tinea capitis is also known as ringworm of the scalp), and, in rare cases, tinea barbae (also known as ringworm of the beard). It is seen almost exclusively in children, but, on rare occasions, it may be seen in adolescents and young adults. As is tinea capitis, it is more prevalent in blacks. It is often caused by an organism from an animal or the soil. Fever, pain, and mainly occipital lymphadenopathy may be associated with the process. Secondary bacterial infection can also occur.

Kerions can be distinguished from cellulitis based on their location and the presence of other signs of a fungal infection, such as scaling.

Codes

ICD10CM:
B35.0 – Tinea barbae and tinea capitis

SNOMEDCT:
19087001 – Kerion

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Kerion - Cellulitis
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Kerion : Occipital lymphadenopathy, Scalp, Scaly plaque, Pustules
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