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December 1960


Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(6):1029-1031. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580060185041

Alopecia Universalis at Two Years of Age. Presented by Dr. Nathan Sobel.  A girl, aged 12, developed 2 silver-dollar-sized bald areas in the occipital region at the age of 2 years. New bald areas continued to develop until the child was 3½ years, when she had lost all the hair of the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and forearms. There was no regrowth of hair until she was 6. At that time, a pediatrician prescribed Metroton tablets (2.5 mg. prednisone and 2 mg. of an antihistamine) for a coincidental atopic dermatitis. For the first 2 weeks the dose was 4 tablets daily, later 3. All the hair began to grow at about the same time, approximately 3 months after the medication was begun, and then it grew plentifully. The patient has been on the tablets for the past 1½ years, taking them for 2 to 3 months, often no more than ½

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