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Alopecia areata and associated diseases in Saudi patients.
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PMID:  17590818     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Alopecia areata is a common presentation of Saudi patients seen at dermatology clinics. Although autoimmune factors have been suggested as pathogenic factors, alopecia areata remains a disease of unknown etiology. We investigated 92 patients with alopecia areata as compared to 88 sex- and age-matched healthy control subjects for the prevalence of associated diseases as well as abnormalities of thyroid function, and for the frequency of anti-thyroid antibodies. We found that atopy and pscychological stress constitute the most commonly associated disorders in our series. Except for two female patients with diabetes mellitus, none of the remaining patients displayed clinical evidence of endocrine or autoimmune disease. Only one patient had high T(3) and T(4) values and five (5.4%) had low titers of anti-thyroid antibodies, an acceptable finding for the normal population.
Authors:
M Al-Khawajah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of Saudi medicine     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0256-4947     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Saudi Med     Publication Date:  1991 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507355     Medline TA:  Ann Saudi Med     Country:  Saudi Arabia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  651-4     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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