There are three kinds of alopecia - alopecia areata, which causes hair to fall out in small clumps; alopecia totalis, which causes the loss of most or all of the hair on the head, and alopecia universalis
, in which all body hair, including eyebrows, eye lashes, facial and body hair, falls out
30) E1-Shanti et al found a new syndrome in 5 patients from two separate families who had laryngomalacia, XY gonadal dysgenesis, and alopecia universalis
colleagues teamed up with scientists in Pakistan to study a family whose members frequently have alopecia universalis
, a rare condition that results in no scalp or body hair growth after birth.
The Food Hospital (C4, 8pm) A programme looking at the different ways that food can help treat different conditions, such as in this episode, they use food based remedies to treat a teenager with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and a 31-year-old woman who suffers from alopecia universalis
and has almost no hair on her body.
In many instances, the bald patches can progress to a more extreme, yet rare, form of the disease, alopecia totalis which is total scalp hair loss or alopecia universalis
, resulting in the total loss of all body hair.