Tufted folliculitis. A specific bacterial disease?

Am J Dermatopathol. 1990 Feb;12(1):37-41. doi: 10.1097/00000372-199002000-00006.


Residual groups of hair follicles and unusual "tufts" of multiple hairs emerging from single follicular openings have been described in scarring alopecia associated with staphylococcal infection. Various mechanisms have been proposed to explain these findings. Histological study of four cases suggests that retention of telogen hairs through several hair cycles may be responsible for this phenomenon.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alopecia / pathology*
  • Cell Cycle
  • Female
  • Folliculitis / pathology*
  • Hair / cytology
  • Hair / pathology
  • Humans
  • Leukocytes, Mononuclear / cytology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Scalp Dermatoses / pathology*
  • Staphylococcal Skin Infections / pathology*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification