Alopecia cicatricialis & Pseudopelade Brocq
Cicatricial alopecia is a form of baldness resulting from scarring (on the scalp). Such scars can be caused by an accident, radiotherapy, burning or scalding, certain infections (including fungal infections) or a congenital anomaly. Cicatricial alopecia is easily diagnosed, as the scar tissue is smoother and often of a different colour to the surrounding skin.
Pseudopelade of Brocq is a special form of cicatricial alopecia, possibly the consequence of an inflammation of the scalp, the cause of which is usually unknown. One theory is that it is caused by a disorder of the autoimmune system. Pseudopelade of Brocq leads to a scalp which in most cases is whiter and smoother than usual, due to a lack of follicle openings and scarring occurring in places. Immediately after the disorder breaks out, a dermatologist should be consulted to limit damage.
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