What is alopecia universalis?

Updated: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Alopecia universalis occurs with complete loss of hair on all hair-bearing areas. Alopecia areata usually is focal; however, it can be diffuse, thereby mimicking telogen effluvium (TE) or the type of androgenetic alopecia seen in women (see image below).

 

Diffuse alopecia areata. Diffuse alopecia areata.

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