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December 28, 1984

Two New Causes of Alopecia

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Merrick, NY

JAMA. 1984;252(24):3367. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350240017021

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To the Editor.—  In any generation, new life-styles produce new afflictions. Two young men recently came to my office with patchy baldness in the occiptoparietal area. These boys, aged 17 years, had been practicing breakdancing. The constant spinning on the top of the head had eroded the hair shafts down to the scalp.A young woman was noted by her family to have linear transverse hair loss in the same general area. She had been jogging daily, using a rather tight-banded, wide-stripped heavy headphone. Switching to a lighter headpiece stopped the hair loss.May we contribute to the medical lexicon two new diseases—"alopecia breakdancia" and "alopecia walkmania"?