Author(s): Rakowska A, Slowinska M, Olszewska M, Rudnicka L
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Abstract Differential diagnosis of trichotillomania is often difficult in clinical practice. Trichoscopy (hair and scalp dermoscopy) effectively supports differential diagnosis of various hair and scalp diseases. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of trichoscopy in diagnosing trichotillomania. The study included 370 patients (44 with trichotillomania, 314 with alopecia areata and 12 with tinea capitis). Statistical analysis revealed that the main and most characteristic trichoscopic findings of trichotillomania are: irregularly broken hairs (44/44; 100\% of patients), v-sign (24/44; 57\%), flame hairs (11/44; 25\%), hair powder (7/44; 16\%) and coiled hairs (17/44; 39\%). Flame hairs, v-sign, tulip hairs, and hair powder were newly identified in this study. In conclusion, we describe here specific trichoscopy features, which may be applied in quick, non-invasive, in-office differential diagnosis of trichotillomania.
This article was published in Acta Derm Venereol
and referenced in Hair Therapy & Transplantation