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Unusual cases of paediatric tinea faciei transmitted by guinea pigs
  1. Mattia Giovannini1,
  2. Teresa Oranges1,
  3. Daniela Dolce2,
  4. Maurizio de Martino3,
  5. Cesare Filippeschi1,
  6. Andrea Bassi4
  1. 1 Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Anna Meyer Children’s University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Pediatric Medicine, University of Florence, Anna Meyer Children’s University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  3. 3 Department of Sciences for Woman and Child’s Health, Florence, Italy
  4. 4 Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, Division of Dermatology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Bassi; bassi76{at}

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A 9-year-old girl and her 3-year-old brother were referred with a 15-day history of erythematous annular lesions on their faces (figure 1). Previous treatments with topical steroids had exacerbated the lesion; laboratory findings (full blood count, liver and renal function C-reactive protein) were unremarkable, and no other members of the family had similar skin lesions.

Figure 1

Clinical presentation of the fungal infection in the zone of ‘kissing’ contact …

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  • Contributors MG, CF and DD have drafted the manuscript. MG was responsible for literature search. TO, CF, MdM and AB critically revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained from the parents.