What are the classifications of alopecia areata?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Alopecia areata can be classified according to its pattern, as follows:

  • Reticular - Hair loss is more extensive and the patches coalesce

  • Ophiasis - Hair loss is localized to the sides and lower back of the scalp

  • Sisaipho (ophiasis spelled backwards) - Hair loss spares the sides and back of the head

  • Alopecia totalis - 100% hair loss on the scalp

  • Alopecia universalis - Complete loss of hair on all hair-bearing areas

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