Prevalence of tinea capitis in primary schools in Turkey

Mycoses. 2003 Jun;46(5-6):218-21. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0507.2003.00875.x.


The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence of tinea capitis in Middle Anatolia. Between February 2000 and April 2000, a school survey of 4760 primary school children was carried out and 34 cases of tinea capitis were clinically diagnosed. Sixteen (0.3%) of them were diagnosed both clinically and using culture. Eighteen cases (52.9%) were diagnosed microscopically whereas the remaining 16 cases (47.0%) had a clinical diagnose. We also isolated and identified the following species of fungi causing the infection: Trichophyton verrucosum (five cases), T. rubrum (three), T. mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes (three), Microsporum canis (three) and T. tonsurans (two). We detected a higher rate of infection than that of the country's average.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Microsporum / isolation & purification
  • Prevalence
  • Schools
  • Species Specificity
  • Suburban Population
  • Tinea Capitis / epidemiology*
  • Tinea Capitis / microbiology
  • Trichophyton / isolation & purification
  • Turkey / epidemiology