Frontal fibrosing alopecia

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Frontal fibrosing alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a condition that causes hair loss (alopecia) on the scalp near the forehead, and may also cause hair loss in other areas such as the eyebrows or under the arms.   FFA is thought to be a rare variant of lichen planus follicularis (also known as lichen planopilaris).   Hair loss in FFA occurs when hair follicles, structures in the skin that make hair, are destroyed by inflammation caused by the body's immune system.   Hair loss in FFA usually progresses slowly, and it may stabilize in some patients.   This condition most commonly affects post-menopausal women, although it has also been reported in men and pre-menopausal women.   Skin in the affected area usually looks normal but may show some mild scarring or appear somewhat pale.  There may also be some redness around hair follicles in the affected area due to active inflammation.   Although it has been suggested that FFA may be due to hormonal changes or an autoimmune response, the exact cause of this condition is not yet known.
 

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Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation

Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (CARF) is a nonprofit public charities organization and the world's only voice for patients with cicatricial alopecia. MISSON: • Fund research to find effective treatments, and ultimately a cure • Support patient education and advocacy • Raise public awareness about the disease

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2013

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Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation

Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (CARF) is a nonprofit public charities organization and the world's only voice for patients with cicatricial alopecia. MISSON: • Fund research to find effective treatments, and ultimately a cure • Support patient education and advocacy • Raise public awareness about the disease

http://www.carfintl.org

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2013

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The terms "Frontal fibrosing alopecia" returned 2 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Frontal fibrosing alopecia and lichen planus pigmentosus.
 

Author(s): Jacqueline Goulart Berliner, Timothy H McCalmont, Vera H Price, Timothy G Berger

Journal: J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.. 2014 Jul;71(1):e26-7.

 

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2014

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Frontal fibrosing alopecia.
 

Author(s): Lesley Clark-Loeser, Jo-Ann Latkowski

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A 75-year-old woman presented with a 3-year history of progressive loss of her eyebrow hair and with frontal-parietal hairline recession. Multiple biopsy specimens supported a histopathologic diagnosis of lichen planopilaris. With these histolopathologic findings, and the patient's ...

Last Updated: 11 Jan 2006

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The terms "Frontal fibrosing alopecia" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Frontal fibrosing alopecia: case report.
 

Author(s): Débora Nathália Smidarle, Mauren Seidl, Roberta Castilhos da Silva

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;85(6):879-82.

 

Frontal fibrosing alopecia is a kind of progressive and frequently irreversible cicatricial alopecia marked by a lichenoid infiltrate in histology. Since its first description, in 1994, in Australia, some cases have been documented all over the world. The article reports, for the ...

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2011

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