Nanette B. Silverberg, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York, discusses alopecia areata (AA) in the pediatric population. Alopecia areata is a T-cell mediated autoimmune disease resulting in partial or total nonscarring hair loss. The scalp is the predominant site of involvement, with the most common clinical pattern involving multiple areas of patchy alopecia. Childhood AA can be emotionally devastating in its worst forms.
The original article was featured in Cutis®, which provided an overview of childhood AA focusing specifically on therapeutic options.
Hawit F, Silverberg NB. Alopecia areata in children. Cutis. 2008;82:104-110.