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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 147-149

A Comment on trichoscopy

1 Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trueb, Zurich-Wallisellen, Switzerland
2 Department of Dermatology, Fluminense Federal University, Center of Medical Sciences, Antonio Pedro University Hospital, Niteroi - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Prof. Ralph M Trueb
Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trueb, Zurich-Wallisellen
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_13_18

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Trichoscopy is the term coined for the use of dermatoscope for the evaluation of hair and scalp. Dermatologists involved in the management of hair and scalp disorders have discovered dermatoscope to be useful in their daily clinical practice, and expert studies suggest that dermoscopy may improve diagnostic capability beyond simple clinical inspection. Therefore, trichoscopy has gained popularity as a tool in the differential diagnosis of hair and scalp disorders. Despite the enthusiasm emerging with its establishment as a valuable dermatologic tool, caution is warranted not to elevate trichoscopy to something like a fetish status. As a diagnostic procedure, trichoscopy remains to be understood as representing an integral part of a comprehensive dermatological examination. Furthermore, trichoscopy represents an integral part of surface or epiluminescence microscopy of the skin or dermoscopy. It seems that the dermatoscope for the evaluation of the hair and scalp picks up from the culture of a stethoscope within internal medicine, in terms of being a time-tested, sophisticated, hand-held diagnostic medical instrument conferring an uncontested dignity in the hands of a physician attending hair and scalp disorders.

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