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Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp

Disease definition

Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp is a rare chronic suppurative dermatosis of the scalp that mainly affects black men and that is characterized by multiple painful inflammatory follicular and perifollicular nodules, pustules, and abscesses that interconnect via sinus tracts and eventually result in scarring alopecia.


  • Synonym(s): -
  • Prevalence: Unknown
  • Inheritance: Not applicable 
  • Age of onset: Adult
  • ICD-10: L08.8
  • OMIM: 260910
  • UMLS: -
  • MeSH: -
  • GARD: 1883
  • MedDRA: 10056961

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