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Frontal fibrosing alopecia


Other Names for this Disease
  • FFA
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Overview

Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a form of 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.[1][2][3] There is currently no cure for FFA; however, treatment with certain types of medications may stop or slow hair loss in some cases.[2]
Last updated: 1/20/2015

References

  1. Arnold S. & Cooper S. Frontal fibrosing alopecia. Orphanet. May 2011; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=en&Expert=254492.
  2. Frontal fibrosing alopecia. DermNet NZ. January 2015; http://dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/frontal-fibrosing-alopecia.html.
  3. Basil M Hantash, MD. Scarring Alopecia. Medscape Reference. March 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1073559-overview.
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Basic Information

  • 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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  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • 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.
Other Names for this Disease
  • FFA
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