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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Nov;67(5):1040-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2012.02.013. Epub 2012 Mar 8.

Hair and scalp dermatoscopy.

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Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33136, USA. mmiteva@med.miami.edu

Abstract

Dermatoscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that allows the recognition of morphologic structures not visible by the naked eye. Trichoscopy (scalp dermatoscopy and videodermatoscopy) is useful for the diagnosis and follow-up of hair and scalp disorders. However, it is not widely used in the management of hair disorders. This review provides updated information from the literature and our experience on the dermoscopic features of the most common hair and scalp disorders. This will enable dermatologists to make fast diagnoses of tinea capitis and alopecia areata, distinguish early androgenetic alopecia from telogen effluvium, and differentiate scarring from nonscarring alopecia.

PMID:
22405573
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2012.02.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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