What is the role of stem cell therapy or zinc in the treatment of alopecia areata?

Updated: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Mesoderm-derived stem cells are promising as a potential treatment option. [61]

One study showed a correlation between low serum zinc levels and disease severity, as well as duration and resistance to therapies, [62] and a few reports show some benefit to using zinc gluconate (30-50 mg/day) in the treatment of alopecia areata. [63, 64] However, another study did not find a statistically significant difference in zinc concentration in serum and hair between alopecia areata patients and controls. [65]


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