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Advances in Dermatology and Allergology/Postępy Dermatologii i Alergologii
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4/2020
vol. 37
 
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Review paper

Frontal fibrosing alopecia: a disease that remains enigmatic

Anna Lis-Święty
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Ligia Brzeźińska-Wcisło
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Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
Adv Dermatol Allergol 2020; XXXVII (4): 482-489
Online publish date: 2020/09/02
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Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is recognized to represent a generalized process of inflammatory scarring alopecia. Apart from the classic form affecting the frontal hairline, there are a range of disease manifestations involving loss of eyebrows and of eyelashes, loss of peripheral body hair, fibrosing alopecia in a pattern distribution, facial and extrafacial skin, mucous membrane, and nail involvement. Classic linear, diffuse “zigzag”, pseudo “fringe sign”, androgenetic alopecia-like, cockade-like, ophiasis-like and incomplete patterns are distinguished. The aetiology of FFA remains obscure, but a number of pathogenetic hypotheses and treatments to halt disease progression have been proposed.
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scarring alopecia, etiopathogenesis, diagnostics, therapy

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