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Cutis. 2001 Jan;67(1):37-40.

Dissecting cellulitis in a white male: a case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 37232, USA.


Dissecting cellulitis is an uncommon, chronic, progressive suppurative disease of unknown etiology. It is characterized by painful papules and nodules, interconnecting sinus tracts, purulent drainage, and scarring alopecia. This disease predominately affects young black men, but is rarely reported in white males. The refractory nature of this process makes treatment difficult. We report a case of dissecting cellulitis in a white male, which responded to oral isotretinoin.

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