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Hair transplantation for therapy-resistant alopecia areata of the eyebrows: is it the right choice?
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PMID:  20883369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Alopecia areata is a common skin disorder of presumed autoimmune etiology and it usually shows an unpredictable course. Treatment of alopecia areata is challenging. There is very little information on the use of surgical therapies for the treatment of alopecia areata in the medical published work. A 24-year-old male patient was referred to a private hair transplantation clinic owned by one of the authors for the treatment of therapy-resistant alopecia areata affecting both eyebrows. He had quickly lost all body hair 4 years prior beginning from the scalp. He received psoralen and ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy for alopecia universalis and all body hair re-grew except his eyebrows. Alopecia areata was stable for the 18 months following the last medical treatment he received. Because there was no response to various medical therapeutic agents, we decided to transplant occipital hairs to the eyebrow area. After the patient understood and accepted all risks, occipital hairs were transplanted to the eyebrows by using the follicular unit extraction technique. Postoperatively, the patient did not receive any topical or systemic therapies for alopecia areata. Although 40% hair re-growth was detected in his eyebrows at 1 year postoperation, this rate was 80% by 2 years postoperation. However, there was resistance to re-growth in the medial eyebrow regions. New eyebrows grew as occipital hairs and required trimming. His satisfaction from the surgical procedure was 90% at the end of the 24th postoperative month. Surgical treatment of diseases like alopecia areata is still controversial. Our case report offers an additional contribution to the published work on the surgical methods used in the treatment of stable alopecia areata.
Ekrem Civaş; Berna Aksoy; Hasan Mete Aksoy; Muhitdin Eski; Kubilay Yucel
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of dermatology     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1346-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600545     Medline TA:  J Dermatol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  823-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Japanese Dermatological Association.
Civas Clinic, Ankara, Turkey.
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