Temporal Triangular Alopecia: Report of an African-American Child with TTA Misdiagnosed as Refractory Tinea Capitis


CAPT Quenby Erickson M.D., USAF, MC Department of Dermatology (MCHE-MDD), Bldg. 3600, 3851 Roger Brooke Dr., Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-6263, or e-mail: Quenby.Erickson@cen.amedd.army.mil


Temporal triangular alopecia is an underrecognized form of nonscarring alopecia that appears in children between the ages of 3 and 6 years and is often misdiagnosed. Increased awareness of this entity is needed to prevent ineffective and harmful treatments. We present a case misdiagnosed as tinea capitis in an African-American girl, review the literature, and elucidate the major differential diagnoses.