What is the prognosis of endothrix infections in tinea capitis (scalp ringworm)?

Updated: Feb 21, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Endothrix infections are noted in which arthrospores are present within the hair shaft in both anagen and telogen phases, contributing to the chronicity of the infections. Endothrix infections tend to progress, become chronic, and may last into adult life. Lesions can be eradicated by systemic antifungal treatment. Since the organisms usually remain superficial, little potential for mortality exists. Disseminated systemic disease has been reported in patients who are severely immunocompromised.


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