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What’s missing from this picture? An approach to alopecia in children
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    Alopecia? Think to celiac disease
    • Valentina Kiren, M.D.
    • Other Contributors:
      • Giovanna Ventura, Gianluca Tornese, and Alessandro Ventura

    We found Lio’s paper on alopecia in children (Arch. Dis. Child. Ed. Pract., December issue) very interesting, but noticed that the author does not mention celiac disease among the autoimmune diseases associated with alopecia areata.

    Both thyroid dysfunction and alopecia may point to celiac disease even in the absence of gastrointestinal complaints.[1, 2] Alopecia areata is in fact significantly associated to cel...

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    alopecia can also be caused by chemical hair relaxants

    Alopecia may also be attributable to the use of hair relaxants such as sodium hydroxide and guanidine hydroxide, respectively(1) or other products containing sodium, potassium, or guanine sulfites or thioglycolates(2) to straighten or "relax" tightly curly(spiral) black hair of the type found among South African blacks(1) or African- Americans(2). These products work by rearranging the cysteine disulfide bonds of the hai...

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