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Dermatology. 2000;200(2):108-10.

Alopecia areata and coeliac disease: no effect of a gluten-free diet on hair growth.

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Istituto di Scienze Mediche, IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore, Università di Milano, Italia. mariateresa.bardella@unimi.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

An association between alopecia areata (AA) and coeliac disease has recently been reported.

AIM:

The aim of this paper was to evaluate the possible effect of a gluten-free diet (GFD) on the new growth of hair in 5 alopecic patients with CD.

METHODS:

CD was diagnosed in 5 patients with AA (universalis in 3 cases and patchy in 2 cases). The diagnosis of CD was based on serological and histological standard criteria.

RESULTS:

In all patients the GFD resolved CD clinically, serologically and histologically but had no effect on the course of alopecia.

CONCLUSION:

AA and CD, when associated, present different responses to a GFD and have an independent course.

PMID:
10773696
DOI:
10.1159/000018340
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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