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Alopecia Areata Underlying Cause

The cause of alopecia areata is unknown. For some reason, the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, causing inflammation and hair loss. The scalp is usually affected, but areas of body hair can be involved. At some point, the follicles may suddenly resume producing hair.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Alopecia Areata References
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