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Salmon N, Kearns C, Mowbray M, Tidman MJ. Recognising the pattern of hair loss key to managing alopecia. Practitioner Nov 2017;261(1809):25-29

Recognising the pattern of hair loss key to managing alopecia

23 Nov 2017Registered users

Alopecia affects up to 50% of men and women at some time in their lives. In primary care the first step is to establish whether hair loss is focal or diffuse and if focal whether it is scarring or non scarring. It is usually possible to establish the pattern of hair loss from a combination of the history and clinical examination. Dermatoscopic examination and pull testing can be useful in confirming the diagnosis. If hair loss is accompanied by scaling or significant inflammation it is important to exclude infective causes.

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