|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 85-86
Unusual presentation of greying of hair
Abel Francis, S Criton, Anitta Shojan, Rashmi Philip, Mohamed Nazeer
Department of Dermatology, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Amala Nagar, Thrissur, Kerala, India
|Date of Web Publication||7-Jul-2015|
Department of Dermatology, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Amala Nagar, Thrissur - 680 555, Kerala
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Francis A, Criton S, Shojan A, Philip R, Nazeer M. Unusual presentation of greying of hair. Int J Trichol 2015;7:85-6
Greying of hair is an aging process that occurs in almost all men and women. Some people grey early while others late, but grey hair is unwelcome at any age.
A 48-year-old male presented with greying of hair of only the right lower extremity since 6 months. Since 6 months, he has been noticing number of grey hairs on the right thigh. He has searched all over his body for grey hair but has not found any except for a few hairs on the scalp, which were present scattered over the scalp since few years. The patient has been expecting grey hairs on the other leg since 6 months, but not a single grey hair was seen. Examination showed that there was significant greying of hairs only on the right lower extremity especially the right thigh [Figure 1]. There was no pigmentary change on the skin of that region. There was no obvious loss of hair.
Various unusual presentation of greying of hair has been reported. The overnight greying phenomenon is one of the so-called mythical occurrences that has baffled the scientific community for years.  There are many stories of historical figures where hair reportedly turned grey after severe emotional stress. Queen Marie Antoinette was said to have turned grey upon hearing her death sentence.
There are many case report of greying occurring after sever pain or somatic disease.  Rapid greying of eyelashes has been reported after pain in that region. Hemicanites has been reported after severe hemorrhage  and after parturition. 
Various hypothesis regarding unusual greying have been put forward such as alopecia areata, vitiligo, telogen effluvium.  In our case, there was no obvious loss of hair and no depigmented skin lesions. He did not have any pain in that region nor did he have any systemic illnesses that could be related to telogen effluvium. The only postulation we could make was that this could be an early segmental vitiligo where the skin may become depigmented later.
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