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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

Report of a rare case of alopecia areata coexisting with trichotillomania


1 Department of Dermatology, 6th Military Support Unit, Ustka; Institute of Biology and Environmental Protection, Pomeranian Academy, ul. Arciszewskiego 22A, 76-200 Slupsk, Poland
2 Institute of Biology and Environmental Protection, Pomeranian Academy, ul. Arciszewskiego 22A, 76-200 Slupsk, Poland
3 Department of Dermato-Physiology, Apollonia University Iasi, Strada Muzicii nr 2, Iasi-700399; Nicolina Medical Center, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Apollonia University, “Petru Poni,” Iasi, Romania

Correspondence Address:
Piotr Brzezinski
Department of Dermatology, 6th Military Support Unit, os. Ledowo 1N, 76-270 Ustka
Poland
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.179388

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Alopecia areata (AA) is a common dermatological disease characterized by patchy areas of nonscarring alopecia. Trichotillomania (TT) is an expression of obsessive-compulsive disorder defined by the urge to pull out his/her hair. We describe a case of AA coexisting with TT. A 6-year-old male child presented with a localized patch of hair loss in the occipital area of 2 years duration. Dermoscopy revealed numerous exclamation mark hairs along with signs of scratching and bleeding. A detailed medical anamnesis and thorough examination of the child during the consultation put in evidence TT.


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