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Frictional hair loss in Iraqi patients.
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PMID:  12184639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A total of 50 Iraqi male patients with frictional hair loss were studied. Their ages ranged from 27-55 years with a mean +/- SD of 40.60 +/- 7.82 years. The age of onset ranged from 26-50 years with a mean +/- SD of 38 +/- 7.3 years. The duration of disease was 1-5 years, mean +/- SD 2.2 +/- 1.3. Middle age was the most common age group affected. Patterns of hair loss were as follows; bilateral thighs & legs 13 (26%), bilateral thighs alone in 9 patients (18%), bilateral shins & calves (legs) in 4 patients (8%), abdomen alone in 8 patients (16%), thigh and abdomen 4 (8%) patients, legs & abdomen 4 (8%) patients, and all sites in 12 patients (24%). The pattern of patchy hair loss showed some etiological preference. It was found to be due to continuous pressure from socks, trousers and bed. Skin biopsies from five patients showed apparently normal histology. Twenty-six (52%) of the cases were healthy. There were no important medical or dermatological associations, such as alopecia areata or peripheral neuropathy in any patient although unrelated medical conditions were seen in 24 (48%). To the best of our knowledge, this type of patchy hair loss has attracted very little attention in the past, and the literature appeared to be deficient in references to this problem.
Khalifa E Sharquie; Jamal R Al-Rawi; Hassan A Al-Janabi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of dermatology     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0385-2407     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-19     Completed Date:  2002-09-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600545     Medline TA:  J Dermatol     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Baghdad College of Medicine, Iraq.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Alopecia / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  etiology*
Iraq / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
Stress, Psychological

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