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November 2002

Lipedematous Alopecia in a White Woman

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(11):1517. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.11.1515

Lipedematous alopecia is a condition characterized by thickening of the scalp, which acquires a cotton-batting consistency. It is accompanied by subjective symptoms such as irritation and pruritus, and may show different degrees of alopecia. This condition was first described in a black woman in 1935 by Cornbleet. In 1961, Coskey and colleagues described 2 black women with similar thickening of the scalp and diffuse alopecia, and first named this entity lipedematous alopecia.1 In our review of the English-language literature, 9 cases have been reported: 7 black American women, 1 Asian female, and 1 male.2-5