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March 2001

Folliculitis Decalvans and Tufted Folliculitis Are Specific Infective Diseases That May Lead to Scarring, but Are Not a Subset of Central Centrifugal Scarring Alopecia

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(3):373. doi:

We thoroughly enjoyed reading the excellent article titled "A New Look at Scarring Alopecia" in the February 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES.1 It is fascinating to think about scarring alopecia in this new and thorough way, and the complexities of Figure 10 are a masterpiece!

However, we are not in full agreement with the placement of folliculitis decalvans (FD) within the large circle of central centrifugal scarring alopecia, nor with "tufted folliculitis" (TF) being categorized as a nonspecific end point of scarring that "should be purged from the lexicon of scarring alopecia."1

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