Localized Telogen Effluvium Following Hair Transplantation

Ann Dermatol. 2018 Apr;30(2):214-217. doi: 10.5021/ad.2018.30.2.214. Epub 2018 Feb 21.


Telogen effluvium is categorized in nonscarring alopecia, which shows scalp hair thinning and shedding diffusely resulting from inducing factors such as physiological stressful events and several acute or chronic diseases. It usually appears in female patients following parturition, as well as after febrile disease, major surgery, emotional stress, abrupt diet, chronic illness, or the taking of certain medication pills. Two patients who both recalled an operational history of hair transplantation visited our department with their frontal and both temporal hair loss. Physical examination of the both patients showed localized but diffuse hair loss, especially in the frontal and temporal scalp. Histopathological examination of biopsy specimen taken from their temporal scalp revealed normal follicular density and increased numbers of telogen hair follicles without any inflammatory cell infiltration around follicles. These clinical and histopathological findings were consistent with telogen effluvium. Both of them were reassured and placed on close follow-up without any treatment. From these cases, we demonstrate that localized telogen effluvium could be a cause of hair loss after hair transplantation.

Keywords: Hair transplantation; Telogen effluvium.

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