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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114--115

Nail changes in alopecia areata: Incidence and pattern

Dept. of Dermatology & STD, GTB Hospital, Delhi, India

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V Gandhi
Dept. of Dermatology & STD, GTB Hospital, Delhi
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One hundred consecutive patients with alopecia areata were examined for presence of nail abnormalities. Nail changes were seen in 44/100 (44%) of patients with most frequent occurrence in multifocal variety (30/44=68%). The commonest abnormality observed was superficial pits seen in 28(64%) patients. Presence and severity of nail changes may indicate a more severe and recalcitrant disease.

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