Tufted hair folliculitis

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1989 Nov;21(5 Pt 2):1096-9. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(89)70304-2.


A case of scarring alopecia presenting as two circumscribed, tender and inflamed areas in the occiput with residual tufted follicles is reported. Each tuft comprised 10 to 15 normal-appearing hairs arising from individual hair follicles in the reticular dermis or subcutaneous fat, converging toward a single orifice in the epidermis. The initial pathologic finding was inflammation and scarring of the papillary and mid dermis with almost total sparing of the hair follicles in the subcutaneous fat. Successful treatment was achieved by surgical excision of the two areas. It is suggested that the areas of tufting represented nevoid lesions that underwent inflammation and scarring.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alopecia / pathology
  • Female
  • Folliculitis / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Scalp Dermatoses / pathology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / pathology*