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Common Hair Disorders

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4. A 30-year-old white woman with history of obsessive-compulsive disorder presents to the clinic with hair loss for the last 3 years. She says she has noticed worsening of the hair loss when she is under stress. She also bites her nails. On physical examination you identify an irregular patch of alopecia with broken hairs on the occipital scalp. The most likely diagnosis is:

a. alopecia areata
b. androgenetic alopecia
c. lichen planopilaris
d. traction alopecia
e. trichotillomania


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