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Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2001 Jul-Sep;105(3):533-5.

[Endocrinological disorders in association with alopecia areata-a 27 patients study].

[Article in Romanian]

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  • 1Facultatea de Medicină, Universitatea de Medicină şi Farmacie Gr.T. Popa Iaşi, Centrul Medical Nicolina Iaşi.


Alopecia areata is a dermatological disease, characterized by the loss of hair, which affect men, women and children and can evaluate alone or in association with a variety of other disorders. Between these endocrinological diseases, especial thyroid disorders, have a high incidence. Twenty-seven patients with alopecia areata (12 women and 15 men) aged between 3 and 46 years were endocrinologically investigated. Eighteen of them (66.6%) had endocrinological disorders. Thyroid diseases were present in 10 cases (37%): 4 cases with endemic goiter, 2 cases with nodular goiter and 4 cases with hypothyroidism (1 case with autoimmune thyroiditis, 1 case with nodular goiter, 1 case with cystic goiter and 1 case with hypothyroidism post thyroidectomy for thyroidal lymphoma). Twelve cases (44.4%) were found with tetania. The incidence of thyroid diseases in alopecia areata is higher then in general population (2%), as well as the incidence of tetania. These evidences suggest that it is necessary to make a screening of endocrinological disorders in patients with alopecia areata.

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