Going Bald. Do You Perform a Test for LPP (Lichen Planopilaris)?April 2nd, 2014
Q: Hi Dr. Bernstein, I am a 30 year old man with a balding crown. I’m 99.9% sure its male pattern baldness (I’m currently on Propecia and Rogaine). I recently read about how people going bald are getting tested for LPP (lichen planopilaris). Do you perform this test?
A: Lichen Planopilaris (believed to be a type of autoimmune disease) occurs more frequently in women than in men and more commonly in African-Americans than in Caucasians. The variation that could be confused with androgenic alopecia in men is central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (or CCCA). While definitive testing would involve a scalp biopsy, this is rarely necessary as the doctor can easily tell by just examining you with the naked eye using magnification (densitometry).Related Posts:
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Topic: Causes of Hair Loss
Tags: Alopecia Areata, Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia, Lichen Planopilaris (LPP) Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on April 2nd, 2014 at 4:20 pm