66. Disorders of Hair

  1. Tony Burns MB, BS, FRCP Emeritus Consultant Dermatologist4,
  2. Stephen Breathnach MA, MB, BChir, MD, PhD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist5,6,
  3. Neil Cox BSc, MB, ChB, FRCP(Lond & Edin) Consultant Dermatologist Visiting Professor7,8 and
  4. Christopher Griffiths BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPath Professor of Dermatology Consultant Dermatologist9
  1. A. G. Messenger MD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist1,
  2. D. A. R. de Berker BA, MBBS, MRCP Consultant Dermatologist2 and
  3. R. D. Sinclair MBBS, MD, FACD Professor Director of Dermatology3

Published Online: 6 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317633.ch66

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Messenger, A. G., de Berker, D. A. R. and Sinclair, R. D. (2010) Disorders of Hair, in Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition (eds T. Burns, S. Breathnach, N. Cox and C. Griffiths), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317633.ch66

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK

  2. 5

    St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH, UK

  3. 6

    Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Epsom, Surrey, UK

  4. 7

    Department of Dermatology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HY, UK

  5. 8

    University of Cumbria, Carlisle CA1 2HH, UK

  6. 9

    The Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford, Manchester M6 8HD, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK

  2. 2

    Bristol Dermatology Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS2 8HW, UK

  3. 3

    Department of Dermatology, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria 3065, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161695

Online ISBN: 9781444317633



  • disorders of hair;
  • hair follicle, infundibulum and isthmus and lower part, hair bulb and suprabulbar region;
  • hair cortex, mixtures of KIF arrangements within each cell;
  • molecular signals - involved in controlling hair cycle;
  • role of immune system in hair cycling;
  • androgens and hair growth - androgens influencing hair growth;
  • common baldness and androgenetic alopecia;
  • Minoxidil lotion, piperidinopyrimidine derivative - potent vasodilator orally for severe hypertension;
  • Cicatricial alopecia, permanent areas of hair loss associated with hair follicle destruction;
  • scaling disorders of scalp


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Alopecia

  • Abnormalities of the hair shaft

  • Excessive growth of hair [1-3]

  • Hair pigmentation [1-3]

  • Hair cosmetics [1-3]

  • References