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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 184-186

Patchy traction alopecia mimicking Areata

1 Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande (MS), Brazil
2 Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital from the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
3 Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo (Faculdade de Medicina), Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.171588

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Acute traction alopecia is a diagnostic challenge when the external factor is not suspected or admitted. We report two female patients with non-scarring patchy alopecia resulting from traction of video-electroencephalogram electrodes in which the clinical diagnosis of alopecia areata was suspected. Associated diffuse hair disorders might be implicated in these cases. The correct diagnosis of traction alopecia is important in order to avoid unnecessary treatments.

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