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Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 1999 Dec;45(4):283-5.

[Reappearance of alopecia areata in a coeliac patient during an unintentional challenge with gluten].

[Article in Italian]

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Servizio di Gastroenterologia Pediatrica, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome.


A patient with coeliac disease presenting alopecia areas as the only symptom is described. Alopecia disappeared completely after a few months of strict gluten free diet and reappeared after an unintentional prolonged introduction of gluten. After a severe gluten free diet, a new and persistent hair growth in the alopecia areas was observed. The possibility a direct relationship in some cases, between coeliac disease and alopecia areata is confirmed.


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