Comparing the demographic factors of patient with limited and diffuse type of alopecia areata

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Mina Daliri 1 , Abdolsamad Sheikhzadeh 2 , * , Hamed Yazdi-Karimi 2

1 Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Zahedan, Iran.

2 General Physician, Development Center of Clinical Research, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Zahedan, Iran.

How to Cite: Daliri M, Sheikhzadeh A, Yazdi-Karimi H. Comparing the demographic factors of patient with limited and diffuse type of alopecia areata, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2010 ; 12(3):e94302.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 12 (3); e94302
Published Online: July 27, 2010
Article Type: Short Communication
Received: March 25, 2010
Accepted: May 24, 2010
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Abstract

Background: Alopecia areata is a chronic inflammatory disease that involves the hair follicle.Clinically, patients with alopecia areata may have patchy or confluent hair loss on the scalp or body so we conduct a study to compare the demographic aspects of patient with limited and diffuse type of alopecia areata.

 

 

Materials and Method: We conducted a descriptive-analyzing study in which 306 patient were chosen. The patients were divided into two groups of diffuse and limited Alopecia. Demographic factors including age, gender, disease onset were compared in two groups.

 

 

Results: Out of 306 patients, 58.8 % were male and 41.2 % were female. 247 patients (80.7%) suffered from limited type and 59 patients (19.2%) suffered from diffuse type. The mean age of the onset of involvement in limited group was 21.9±12 yr and 15.8±12 yr in diffuse group. The mean duration of involvement in limited group was 18.7 months and 71 months in diffuse group.

 

 

Conclusion: Diffuse type alopecia areata starts at lower age and has longer duration. Our study results were similar to the others. Like other studies, thyroid disorders and atopic dermatitis are positively correlative to the severity of disease.

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