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Alopecia secondary to anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy

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Alopecia secondary to anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy
Published in
Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, April 2015
DOI 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20153084
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Lara Beatriz Prata Ribeiro, Juliana Carlos Gonçalves Rego, Bruna Duque Estrada, Paula Raso Bastos, Juan Manuel Piñeiro Maceira, Celso Tavares Sodré


Biologic drugs represent a substantial progress in the treatment of chronic inflammatory immunologic diseases. However, its crescent use has revealed seldom reported or unknown adverse reactions, mainly associated with anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF). Psoriasiform cutaneous reactions and few cases of alopecia can occur in some patients while taking these drugs. Two cases of alopecia were reported after anti-TNF therapy. Both also developed psoriasiform lesions on the body. This is the second report about a new entity described as 'anti-TNF therapy-related alopecia', which combines clinical and histopathological features of both alopecia areata and psoriatic alopecia. The recognition of these effects by specialists is essential for the proper management and guidance of these patients.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 45 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 9 20%
Student > Postgraduate 4 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 9%
Student > Bachelor 4 9%
Other 15 33%
Unknown 6 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 26 57%
Computer Science 3 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 4%
Psychology 2 4%
Other 3 7%
Unknown 8 17%