Decreased sweat‐gland number and function in patients with alopecia areata

D. ELIEFF, S. SUNDBY, W. KENNEDY, MARIA HORDINSKY

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Abstract

Summary In this study the number and function of sweat glands on the dorsum of the hand and foot were evaluated using a silastic imprint method. Twenty patients. 11 females and nine males with either alopecia areata. alopecia totalis. or alopecia universalis were included in the study. Patients showed a significant decrease in activated sweat‐gland number and function compared to matched controls (P<0.001). There was no significant relationship between the degree of sweat‐gland dysfunction and extent of hair loss, concurrent illnesses, or treatment. These findings suggest that eccrine sweat‐gland function is compromised in patients with alopecia areata.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-135
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Volume125
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1991

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