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

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

Abstract

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