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Trichotillomania - Hair and Scalp
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Trichotillomania - Hair and Scalp

See also in: External and Internal Eye
Contributors: Belinda Tan MD, PhD, Mary Gail Mercurio MD, Jeffrey D. Bernhard MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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Synopsis

Trichotillomania (hair pulling) is a compulsion to pull out one's own hair, leading to alopecia. It may serve as a method of emotional regulation wherein the stimulus helps alleviate stress or other negative emotions. It may vary from a mild habit to an impulse-control disorder. It is more common in females and usually starts in childhood or adolescence.

Individuals may pluck hair from any site.

If hairs are swallowed they can lead to trichobezoar in the stomach and other portions of the gastrointestinal tract that can present as symptomatic.

Codes

ICD10CM:
F63.3 – Trichotillomania

SNOMEDCT:
17155009 – Trichotillomania

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Trichotillomania - Hair and Scalp
See also in: External and Internal Eye
Trichotillomania : Eyebrow, Scalp, Sparse eyebrows, Patchy non-scarring alopecia, Short broken hairs, Eyelash loss
Clinical image of Trichotillomania
Large patterned patches of nonscarring alopecia with hair regrowth and associated crusting on the scalp.
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