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Practical approach to the patient with alopecia: Special Report from the XX International Clinical Dermatology Meeting of Barcelona


In his presentation at the International Clinical Dermatology Meeting, Ralph Trueb proposed St. Agnes of Rome as the patron saint for women with hair loss, noting her miraculous hair growth. More seriously, Dr. Trueb pointed out the considerable emotional distress caused by alopecia, particularly in women, and how a prior negative experience (e.g., a doctor trivializing the phenomenon) can add to a patient's worry. Hair loss is common, affecting over 30% of women and over 80% of men over the course of a lifetime. Patients are generally right when they detect their own hair loss, even if it is not recognized by doctors. Although treatment options are limited in terms ...

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