Dermatophytes causing Tinea Capitis

Original article


A.J. Kanwar 1,S. Nagarajan 2, M.O. Mahfouz 2, Ali M. Bogrein 1, M.S. Belhaj 1

1-Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J. 2-Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 5, No.1. January 1982: 53-56


Of 171 patients of tinea capitis, positive cultures for dermatophytes were obtained in 101 cases. Trichophyton rubrum was the most common dermatophyte isolated followed by Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Microsporum canis. Epidermophyton floccosum which is reported to never involve the hair, was cultured in one patient. Dermatophytes of animal origin appear to be important and accounted for more than one third of the cases. Variations in cultural patterns observed as compared to our earlier two studies on tinea capitis are discussed.

Keywords: Dermatophytes causing Tinea Capitis