Before and after CCCA alopecia

Case ID: 3076

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Before and after CCCA alopecia: Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, is a type of scarring hair loss. It usually occurs in women of African descent.  The condition usually starts at the crown of the scalp, spreading out over years.  CCCA may or may not be associated with symptoms such as itching or burning.  CCCA runs in families.  Women with CCCA are five times more likely to also have uterine fibroids. The link may reflect an abnormal scarring response to minor trauma in both conditions.  There is also an association between CCCA and diabetes.  Tight or heavy hair styles can trigger CCCA in a vulnerable person.

Although CCCA is a type of scarring hair loss, if the hair bulb is not destroyed there is potential to regrow hair.  Although there is not currently a cure for this condition, treatment can be effective if it begins before there is end-stage damage.

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Description: This is an African American woman with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) who was treated for four months with just topical steroids and minoxidil. CCCA is a type of scarring alopecia. Scarring alopecia can cause permanent hair loss, but if the hair bulb is still present hair can potentially grow back. Results vary

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