Nurse's cap alopecia

Sang Min Hwang, Won Soo Lee, Eung Ho Choi, Seung Hun Lee, Sung Ku Ahn

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Abstract

Background: Traction alopecia associated with the nurse's cap is a relatively common form of occupational hair loss. Methods: We examined 199 healthy South Korean nurses to assess the clinical and pathologic characteristics of traction alopecia caused by prolonged traction exerted at the point of attachment of the nurse's cap. Results: Seven nurses (3.5% of 199) had hair loss at the pin site used to secure the nurse's cap. The lesions were exclusively localized on the parieto-occipital scalp. Histopathologic findings revealed characteristic cicatricial changes which showed a marked decrease in the number of hair follicles without inflammation. Conclusions: Nurse's cap alopecia is not an uncommon occupational alopecia, and appears to be a distinct clinical entity which should be distinguished from other forms of patchy alopecia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-191
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1

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Alopecia
Nurses
Traction
Hair Follicle
Scalp
Inflammation

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  • Dermatology

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Hwang, S. M., Lee, W. S., Choi, E. H., Lee, S. H., & Ahn, S. K. (1999). Nurse's cap alopecia. International Journal of Dermatology, 38(3), 187-191. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-4362.1999.00556.x
Hwang, Sang Min ; Lee, Won Soo ; Choi, Eung Ho ; Lee, Seung Hun ; Ahn, Sung Ku. / Nurse's cap alopecia. In: International Journal of Dermatology. 1999 ; Vol. 38, No. 3. pp. 187-191.
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Hwang, SM, Lee, WS, Choi, EH, Lee, SH & Ahn, SK 1999, 'Nurse's cap alopecia', International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 187-191. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-4362.1999.00556.x

Nurse's cap alopecia. / Hwang, Sang Min; Lee, Won Soo; Choi, Eung Ho; Lee, Seung Hun; Ahn, Sung Ku.

In: International Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 38, No. 3, 01.01.1999, p. 187-191.

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