The 'teepee' sign in inflammatory scalp disease

Jeffrey J. Meffert, Ronald R. Grimwood, Jay L. Viernes

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Psoriasis and other diffuse inflammatory diseases of the scalp can cause a unique physical finding that we call the 'teepee sign' because the hair forms pyramidal tufts at regular intervals that resemble an American Indian encampment. A pathological mechanism for this finding is proposed, with the description of two cases in Air Force basic trainees, one of a severe seborrheic dermatitis and the other psoriasis. The significance with regard to physical qualification for entry into military service is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-576
Number of pages2
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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