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Kerion - Hair and Scalp
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Contributors: Mary Gail Mercurio MD, Jeffrey D. Bernhard MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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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). It is almost exclusively seen in children, but on rare occasions it may be seen in adolescents and young adults. It is more common in blacks. Kerions are often caused by an organism from an animal or the soil, such as Trichophyton verrucosum or T. tonsurans. Fever, pain, and lymphadenopathy may be associated with the process. If left untreated, scarring alopecia can develop.

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ICD10CM:
B35.0 – Tinea barbae and tinea capitis

SNOMEDCT:
19087001 – Kerion

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Kerion : Occipital lymphadenopathy, Scalp, Scaly plaque, Pustules
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