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May 1972

Regrowth of Hair in Nevus Flammeus

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Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(5):758. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620080080022

To the Editor.—  A patient had an unusual case of alopecia areata associated with nevus flammeus.

Report of a Case  A 56-year-old Negro woman had alopecia areata of three years' duration. Hair loss began in the nevus flammeus over the right occiput and gradually spread to involve the remainder of the scalp. About six months after the alopecia began, the patient was seen in our clinic. At approximately three-week intervals over a period of two years, local injection of 5 mg/ml triamcinolone diacetate was given to the scalp. Local regrowth was obtained at the sites injected, but after a time the hair in these areas fell out, except in the nevus flammeus. The hair in this area has been present for over a year without treatment (Figure).

Comment  Cormia and Ernyey have shown that hair loss of alopecia areata is associated with diminution of blood supply. Stimulation of hair growth