Which microscopic findings suggest tinea cruris (jock itch)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael Wiederkehr, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Microscopic examination of hematoxylin and eosin–stained tissue sections reveals patterns of inflammation strongly suggestive of dermatophyte infection. The inflammation typically is perivascular; the epidermis exhibits spongiosis or a psoriasiform pattern of hyperplasia. Granulomatous dermatitis may accompany folliculitis.

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