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Pediatr Dermatol. 2012 Jul-Aug;29(4):513-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2011.01596.x. Epub 2011 Oct 20.

Circumscribed alopecia: an unusual manifestation of pediculosis capitis.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27104, USA. rhall@wfubmc.edu


A healthy 10-year-old girl was referred for evaluation of patchy hair loss on the scalp of longer than 6 months duration. She had been diagnosed and treated for head lice approximately 1 month before onset of the hair loss. Examination of the scalp showed discrete ovoid patches of hair loss at the vertex scalp. A scrape of the area of hair loss was performed, and a nit was visible on microscopic examination. Focal hair loss may represent an atypical manifestation of ongoing pediculosis capitis.

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