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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 122-123

Blowing bubbles: Dermoscopy of bubble hair


Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Jamie B MacKelfresh
Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine, 1525 Clifton Road, 1st Floor, Atlanta, GA 30322
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_11_17

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Exposing wet hair to high temperatures can create gas bubbles within the hair shaft, leading to brittle, dry hairs in a disorder known as bubble hair abnormality. We present a case of a 61-year-old woman who presented for hair breakage over her crown. She regularly dried her damp hair with a blow dryer. Dermoscopy revealed multiple bubbles within the hair shaft, and diagnosis of bubble hair abnormality was confirmed by light microscopy. Our unusual case highlights the ease of acquisition of this abnormality by means of a common hair dryer, and the utility of dermoscopy to make a fast and accurate diagnosis within the office.


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