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Wien Klin Wochenschr. 1999 Dec 10;111(22-23):976-7.

Diffuse reversible alopecia in patients with Lyme meningitis and tick-borne encephalitis.

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University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Alopecia occurring after febrile bacterial and viral infection is a phenomenon well known since the beginning of the century. To evaluate the occurrence of alopecia in tick transmitted disease, 23 adult patients with Lyme meningitis and 71 patients with tick-borne encephalitis were included in a prospective study and were followed up for one year. Diffuse alopecia occurred within three months after the outbreak of disease in 3 out of 23 (13%) patients with Lyme meningitis and in 40 out of 71 (56.3%) patients with tick-borne encephalitis. The mean duration of alopecia was 2 to 3 months and alopecia was reversible in all patients.

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