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October 1961

Lipedematous Alopecia

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Clarence S. Livingood, Chairman (Dr. Coskey and Dr. Fosnaugh), and the Department of Pathology, Dr. Robert C. Horn, Chairman (Dr. Fine) Henry Ford Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(4):619-622. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580160083014

The purpose of this report is to describe 2 patients with an abnormality of the scalp, characterized by an increase in the thickness of the subcutaneous layer of the scalp and inability to grow hairs longer than 2 cm. A review of the literature has not revealed reports of a similar condition.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  A 28-year-old Negro female first consulted us in August, 1960, because of inability to grow long scalp hair. This condition had its onset in November, 1958, after the birth of her third child. At that time she started to pull hair from what she described as "sore areas" on her scalp. By the middle of 1959, hair began to fall spontaneously from her scalp. Her fourth child, a male, was born in March, 1960, and after this birth the loss became more severe. In June, 1960, she cut off the remaining long hairs on

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