Alopecia Areata and Toxic Metals

Paolo Daniele Pigatto, Silvia Mariel Ferrucci, Lucia Brambilla, Gianpaolo Guzzi

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Toxic metals are not so rare but are often neglected causes of alopecia areata in men and women. Thallium, arsenic, selenium, and mercury are the most common cause of metals-related alopecia, which is what Vicky Yu and colleagues' found. Other than the presence of thallium, arsenic, mercury, and selenium, cadmium, bismuth, lithium, and copper should also be taken into account when dermatologists are considering toxic metals as a potential cause of alopecia areata in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-179
Number of pages3
JournalSkin Appendage Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


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