• alopecia;
  • biopsy sites;
  • histopathology;
  • protocols;
  • scalp

The histopathologic assessment of a scalp biopsy for alopecia relies largely on the quality of the specimen provided for evaluation. There are a number of different protocols in the literature which have been proposed over the years, but no consensus has yet been reached as to the appropriate number of biopsies to be taken, or to which sectioning technique is the gold standard for achieving the best diagnostic yield. We herein review the pros and cons of the various protocols and share the experience with our St John's protocol.