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June 1960

Alopecia of the Eyelashes

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AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(6):979-980. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730060095022

In the past two years, I have seen four individuals with alopecia of the eyelashes. In only one of these cases did the alopecia involve any other area. Inasmuch as alopecia limited to the eyelashes must be uncommon, I thought it worth while to publish this report.

Case 1.—  A woman, age 21, a secretary, had never noticed any other hair loss. About a month and a half previous to her visit to my office in June of 1959 she noticed a loss of hair of the medial half of her left upper eyelashes (Fig. 1). Her left lower and right eyelashes were normal. She was a very hairy person and the hair was coarse and dark.There was no history of headaches or dental difficulties. She has no idea as to its cause. It came on suddenly as one would have expected with alopecia areata. She did not curl

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