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Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia and Severity Factors

Dermatology (Karger); ePub 2018 Nov 22; Mervis, et al

In patients with frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA), there is a significant association among Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, facial papules, and premenopausal status, which may portend a susceptibility to more severe disease and prompt early and aggressive treatment in this group. This according to a study that sought to detect the prevalence of facial and extrafacial lesions and to analyze their relation to demographic and clinical variables in a large and ethnically diverse series of patients with FFA. Charts of patients diagnosed with FFA between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2017, at the Department of Dermatology, University of Miami, were reviewed retrospectively. Researchers found:

  • 91 patients (87 women and 4 men) met inclusion criteria: 45% (n=41) were of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, and 34% (n=30) were premenopausal.
  • Facial papules were most commonly detected (41% among Hispanic/Latino patients).
  • Significant associations were found between: 1) Hispanic/Latino ethnicity and any FFA-associated facial lesions, facial papules alone, or lichen planus pigmentosus alone, as well as premenopausal status; 2) any FFA-associated facial lesions or facial papules alone and premenopausal status; and 3) Hispanic/Latino ethnicity and simultaneous presence of facial and extrafacial lesions.


Mervis JS, Borda LJ, Miteva M. Facial and extrafacial lesions in an ethnically diverse series of 91 patients with frontal fibrosing alopecia followed at a single center. [Published online ahead of print November 22, 2018]. Dermatology (Karger). doi:10.1159/000494603.