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Article
May 1986

Topical Minoxidil in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata and Male-Pattern Alopecia

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology First Hospital of Shanghai Textile Bureau Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(5):506. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660170030011
Abstract

To the Editor.—  Having read the articles by Weiss et al,1 Fenton and Wilkinson,2 Maitland,3 and Hindson et al,4 we would like to present the results of our work on the treatment of alopecia. A 1% minoxidil topical preparation in a cream base was used in 28 cases of alopecia areata (AA) and 40 cases of male-pattern alopecia (MPA). The evaluation was made within a period of six months. The efficacy of treatment with minoxidil was determined using the criteria of Weiss et al,1 and the involution of Hamilton's criteria for classification5 in MPA. The same cream base, without minoxidil, was used as a placebo. Topical cream was rubbed onto the hairless patch until the patients felt a slight warm sensation.A total of 54 patients (27 men and 27 women) with AA, aged 8 to 72 years (mean, 35.4 years), with duration of AA

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