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Alopecia: evaluation and treatment

Authors Gordon K, Tosti A

Published 19 July 2011 Volume 2011:4 Pages 101—106

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S10182

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Katherine A Gordon, Antonella Tosti
Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA

Abstract: Hair loss is a very common complaint. Patients may describe increased shedding and diffuse or localized alopecia. The differential diagnosis of hair loss includes a number of disorders causing cicatricial or noncicatricial alopecias. This paper describes the clinical approaches and diagnostic tests that are useful in the evaluation of patients presenting with alopecia. It also reviews treatments for noncicatricial alopecias, including androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, and telogen effluvium, as well as cicatricial alopecias, including lichen planopilaris, its clinical variant frontal fibrosing alopecia, and discoid lupus erythematosus.

Keywords: alopecia, evaluation, treatment

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