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Scarring alopecias: a trichologic emergency

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tee Siah


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Scarring or cicatricial alopecias represent a group of poorly understood and uncommon disorders that cause permanent hair loss. Scarring alopecias are regarded as trichologic emergencies as hair loss is irreversible, rapidly progressive, and can be disfiguring. Patients could experience tremendous anxiety, low self-esteem, and extreme psychosocial stress. Hence, prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment are essential in the management of active primary scarring alopecias as early intervention may slow down or prevent further hair loss. This article will review different types of primary scarring alopecia in hopes of helping clinicians accurately diagnose these conditions as well as provide appropriate treatment. (C) 2015 Frontline Medical Communications

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Author(s): Siah TW, Shapiro J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery

Year: 2015

Volume: 34

Issue: 2

Pages: 76-80

Print publication date: 01/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1085-5629

ISSN (electronic): 1558-0768

Publisher: Frontline Medical Communications


DOI: 10.12788/j.sder.2015.0130


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