A case of alopecia ophiasis effectively treated with 308 nm excimer lamp

Maiko Wada, Akiko Satomura, Takamichi Itou, Masakazu Takahara, Masutaka Furue

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A 14-year-old Japanese girl presented with a 2-year history of gradually developing hair loss in the hairline at the back and left side of the scalp. A diagnosis of alopecia ophiasis was made based on clinical features. Despite various treatments, including topical capronium chloride, topical corticosteroid, oral cepharanthin, oral grycyron and local immunotherapy with SADBE, the lesions showed gradual aggravation. We then started phototherapy with a 308 nm excimer lamp after obtaining informed consent. Three month after the initiation of the 308 nm excimer lamp therapy, more than 75% hair regrowth was observed. We suggest that the 308 nm excimer lamp therapy is effective in the treatment of alopecia areata of children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
JournalNishinihon Journal of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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