Traction alopecia in two adolescent Sikh brothers-an underrecognized problem unmasked by migration

Pediatr Dermatol. 2011 May-Jun;28(3):336-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2011.01241.x. Epub 2011 Mar 3.


Traction alopecia denotes an often permanent hair loss resulting from prolonged physical damage to the hair shaft. We report on two adolescent Sikh brothers who wore a turban since early childhood and developed a band-like scarring alopecia at the frontal hairline. Awareness of this condition may help in preventing irreversible hair loss by early modification of the daily hair care routine.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alopecia / ethnology*
  • Alopecia / etiology*
  • Austria / epidemiology
  • Clothing / adverse effects*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Hair Follicle / injuries
  • Humans
  • India / ethnology
  • Male
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Stress, Mechanical*
  • Young Adult