Frontal fibrosing alopecia associated with cutaneous lichen planus in a premenopausal woman

Australas J Dermatol. 2002 Feb;43(1):65-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-0960.2002.00558.x.


A 45-year-old premenopausal woman presented with an 18-month history of a band-like area of fibrosing alopecia affecting the frontoparietal scalp. She also had marked thinning of the eyebrows. The histopathology was consistent with frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA). Several months later she developed multiple pruritic papules on the wrists and feet. The clinical presentation and histopathology were consistent with cutaneous lichen planus. Although FFA has been reported to occur with mucosal lichen planus this is the first reported case of FFA associated with cutaneous lichen planus. This provides further evidence that FFA is a variant of lichen planopilaris.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / complications
  • Alopecia / pathology*
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Female
  • Fibrosis / complications
  • Fibrosis / pathology*
  • Forehead
  • Humans
  • Lichen Planus / complications
  • Lichen Planus / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Premenopause
  • Prognosis
  • Severity of Illness Index