The Impact of Recent Life Events on Patients with Alopecia Areata: A Study from IranMehran G1*, Rohaninasab M2, Hanifnia AR2, Darvari B2 and Mehrnahad Z2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Golnaz Mehran
Assistant Professor, Dermatologist
Department of Dermatology
Rassoul Akram Hospital
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Niyaesh Streest, Sattarkhan Ave, Iran
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 13, 2011; Accepted date: March 23, 2012; Published date: March 27, 2012
Citation: Mehran G, Rohaninasab M, Hanifnia AR, Darvari B, Mehrnahad Z (2012) The Impact of Recent Life Events on Patients with Alopecia Areata: A Study from Iran. J Clin Exp Dermatol Res 3:141. doi: 10.4172/2155-9554.1000141
Copyright: © 2012 Mehran G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: Alopecia areata affecting 0.1%-0.2% of humans, occurring in both males and females. Initial presentation most commonly occurs in the late teenage years, early childhood, or young adulthood, but can happen in people of any ages. In the present study, we were to find any association between onset of alopecia areata (AA) and preceding emotional stress.
Subjects and methods: Totally 47 patients with diagnosed AA and 47 controls (healthy subjects refer for cosmetic reasons, matched on age and gender) enrolled to our study at the dermatology clinic of Hazrat Rasoul Akram hospital, Tehran, Iran. Participants were administered paykel , s questionnaire for Recent Life Events, also demographic data of all subjects registered simultaneously.
Results: The distribution of alopecia in patients was as follow: head 30 (63.8%), beard 16 (34%), body 1 (2.1%). The total score of recent life events (last 12 months) was not different significantly between the alopecia patients (6.9 ± 1.01) and the comparison subjects (7.12 ± 0.91). p=0.95
Conclusion: Our results do not support the hypothesis that stressful life events associated to occurrence of alopecia areata.