Chapter 52. Alopecia Areata

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Rod Sinclair MBBS, MD, FACD Professor and
  2. Yee Jen Tai MBBS Dermatology Registrar

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch52

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Sinclair, R. and Tai, Y. J. (2008) Alopecia Areata, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch52

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Dermatology, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • alopecia areata - autoimmune, nonscarring hair growth disorder;
  • alopecia areata - organ-specific autoimmune disease;
  • patchy alopecia areata and treatment;
  • squaric acid dibutyl ester (SADBE) and patchy alopecia treatment;
  • photochemotherapy and psoralen capsule intake before UVA radiation exposure;
  • anthralin (dithranol) therapy as contact irritant and immunomodulator;
  • oral prednisolone or intravenous methylprednisolone and hair regrowth;
  • alopecia areata in ophiasis pattern;
  • alopecia totalis/universalis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Questions

  • References