Alopecia Areata – A literature Review
January - March 2017 | Vol 3 | Issue 1 | Page : 7-10
S Mushtaq 1*, Md. Raihan2, Azad Lone3, Mushtaq M4
1M.D. Scholar, Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard University, New Delhi;
2Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology,
Rama Medical College Delhi;
3Medical Officer, ISM department, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir;
4Medical Officer, L.D
Hospital, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir.
How to cite this article: : Mushtaq S, Raihan Md., Lone A,
Mushtaq M. Alopecia Areata – A literature Review. Int Arch
BioMed Clin Res. 2017;3(1):7-10.DOI:10.21276/iabcr.2017.3.1.2
Alopecia areata (AA) is a disease marked by extreme variability in hair loss, not only at the time of initial onset
of hair loss but in the duration, extent and pattern of hair loss during any given episode. This variable and
unpredictable nature of spontaneous re-growth and lack of a uniform response to various therapies has made
clinical trials in alopecia areata difficult to plan and implement. It is a type of alopecia that affects males and
females equally. It occurs in both children and adults. The peak age of occurrence is 20 to 50 years .The most
common clinical presentation is asymptomatic shedding of telogen hairs followed by patchy non scarring hair
loss in association with nail pitting, Beau’s line and nail dystrophy. The disease may progress from this limited
presentation to total loss of all scalp hairs (Alopecia totalis) or all body hair (alopecia universalis) with
significant onychodystrophy. Mostly it is characterised by reversible hair loss involving the scalp although
others areas of head including eyelashes, eyebrows and beard may also be affected. Although, it is a mostly
cosmetic problem but it often has devastating effects on quality of life and self-esteem. The paper aims at
providing an overview of Alopecia areata.
Keywords: Alopecia areata, totalis, universalis, onchodystrophy, telogen
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