Frontal fibrosing alopecia
Other Names for this Disease
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lichen planus follicularis that is characterized primarily by slowly progressive hair loss (alopecia) and scarring on the scalp near the forehead. In some cases, the eyebrows, eye lashes and/or other parts of the body may be involved, as well. Although it has been suggested that FFA may be due to hormonal changes or an autoimmune response, the exact cause of this condition is not yet known. There is currently no cure for FFA; however, treatment with certain types of medications may stop or slow hair loss in some cases.Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a form of
Last updated: 1/20/2015
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- Basil M Hantash, MD. Scarring Alopecia. Medscape Reference. March 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1073559-overview.
- The Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation has an information page on Frontal fibrosing alopecia. Click on the link to view this information page.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Frontal fibrosing alopecia. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.