Alopecia specifica diffusa
Last Updated: 2022-04-01
Non-scarring hair loss occurring in patients suffering from syphilis.
Non-scarring, diffuse, partly moth-eaten alopecia.
- Clinical picture
- Addiction tests: TPHA serology, VDRL test
- If negative and clinical suspicion continues, repeat serology after 3- 6 months
- Confirmatory reaction: FTA test, FTA Abs test
Good prognosis with adequate treatment.
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