What is Dissecting Cellulitis?

Dissecting cellulitis is an uncommon but readily recognized chronic inflammatory disease of scalp hair follicles.  It is also known as dissecting folliculitis or perifolliculitis capitis abscedens et suffodiens.  It is characterized by multiple painful sometime fluid filled nodules, interconnecting sinus tracts, and draining pus over large areas of the scalp. The condition tends to be chronic and progressive, and ultimately leads to scarring and extensive hair loss.


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