Demodex folliculorum

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Demodex mite; Demodex mites; Follicle mite; Follicle mites; hair follicle mite; hair follicle mites

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0.1-0.3 mm large, eyeless human ectoparasite; almost obligatory (in 97% of adults) inhabitant of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, especially in the area of the face, auricles, nipples and Meibomian glands. Demodex folliculorum can be the cause of folliculitis, in rare cases also of an abscessing inflammation(demodex folliculitis).

The etiopathological significance of Demodex folliculorum (e.g. in rosacea) is currently being redefined. S.a.u. Demodicosis.

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  1. Aydogan K et al (2006) Facial abscess-like conglomerates associated with Demodex mites. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 20: 1002-1004
  2. Holmes AD (2013) Potential role of microorganisms in the pathogenesis of rosacea. JAm
    Acad Dermatol 69:1025-1032

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020