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308-nm excimer laser for the treatment of alopecia areata.
Dermatol Surg. 2007 Dec; 33(12):1483-7.DS

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Alopecia areata is loss of hair from localized or diffuse areas of hair-bearing area of the skin. Recently there are reports of efficacy of the 308-nm excimer radiation for this condition.

OBJECTIVE

To study the effect of the 308-nm excimer laser in the treatment of alopecia areata.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Eighteen patients with 42 recalcitrant patches (including 1 adult with alopecia totalis) were enrolled in this study. The lesions were treated with the 308-nm excimer laser twice a week for a period of 12 weeks; one lesion on each patient was left as a control for comparison.

RESULTS

There were 7 males and 11 females in this study. Regrowth of hair was observed in 17 (41.5%) patches. Thirteen of the 18 lesions in scalp showed a complete regrowth of hair. The extremity regions failed to show a response. Atopic diatheses had an unfavorable effect on the outcome in our patients.

CONCLUSION

The 308-nm excimer laser is an effective therapeutic option for patchy alopecia areata of the scalp and for some cases with patchy alopecia areata of the beard area. It does not work for patchy alopecia areata of the extremities.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Farwaniya Hospital, Farwaniya, Kuwait. nalmut@usa.net

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18076615

Citation

Al-Mutairi, Nawaf. "308-nm Excimer Laser for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata." Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.], vol. 33, no. 12, 2007, pp. 1483-7.
Al-Mutairi N. 308-nm excimer laser for the treatment of alopecia areata. Dermatol Surg. 2007;33(12):1483-7.
Al-Mutairi, N. (2007). 308-nm excimer laser for the treatment of alopecia areata. Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.], 33(12), 1483-7.
Al-Mutairi N. 308-nm Excimer Laser for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata. Dermatol Surg. 2007;33(12):1483-7. PubMed PMID: 18076615.
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TY - JOUR T1 - 308-nm excimer laser for the treatment of alopecia areata. A1 - Al-Mutairi,Nawaf, PY - 2007/12/14/pubmed PY - 2008/1/1/medline PY - 2007/12/14/entrez SP - 1483 EP - 7 JF - Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] JO - Dermatol Surg VL - 33 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata is loss of hair from localized or diffuse areas of hair-bearing area of the skin. Recently there are reports of efficacy of the 308-nm excimer radiation for this condition. OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of the 308-nm excimer laser in the treatment of alopecia areata. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients with 42 recalcitrant patches (including 1 adult with alopecia totalis) were enrolled in this study. The lesions were treated with the 308-nm excimer laser twice a week for a period of 12 weeks; one lesion on each patient was left as a control for comparison. RESULTS: There were 7 males and 11 females in this study. Regrowth of hair was observed in 17 (41.5%) patches. Thirteen of the 18 lesions in scalp showed a complete regrowth of hair. The extremity regions failed to show a response. Atopic diatheses had an unfavorable effect on the outcome in our patients. CONCLUSION: The 308-nm excimer laser is an effective therapeutic option for patchy alopecia areata of the scalp and for some cases with patchy alopecia areata of the beard area. It does not work for patchy alopecia areata of the extremities. SN - 1524-4725 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18076615/308_nm_excimer_laser_for_the_treatment_of_alopecia_areata_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=1076-0512&date=2007&volume=33&issue=12&spage=1483 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -