In 1935, Cornbleet1 described a 44-year-old black woman whose scalp felt as if it were underlaid with soft cotton batting. A biopsy specimen showed an unusually thick subcutaneous fat layer, but no abnormalities of the hairs were noted. The name lipedematous alopecia was first used in 1965 by Coskey et al2 in a report of two cases with shortened hairs and thickening of the scalp due to an increase in the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer. Hyperelasticity of the skin and hyperlaxity of the joints were associated with a third case, reported by Curtis et al.3 We are not aware of any other reports in the English-language literature. We recently experienced a case with thickening of the scalp due to an increase in the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer, which was demonstrated by computed tomography. However, in our case no hair abnormalities were observed, similar
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