Trichodynia and telogen effluvium in COVID-19 patients: Results of an international expert opinion survey on diagnosis and management.
AuthorStarace, M; Iorizzo, M; Sechi, A; Alessandrini, AM; Carpanese, M; Bruni, F; Vara, G; Apalla, Z; Asz-Sigall, D; Barruscotti, S; ...
Source TitleJAAD Int
University of Melbourne Author/sSinclair, Rodney
AffiliationMedicine (St Vincent's)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsStarace, M., Iorizzo, M., Sechi, A., Alessandrini, A. M., Carpanese, M., Bruni, F., Vara, G., Apalla, Z., Asz-Sigall, D., Barruscotti, S., Camacho, F., Doche, I., Estrada, B. D., Dhurat, R., Gavazzoni, M. F., Grimalt, R., Harries, M., Ioannidis, D., McMichael, A. ,... Piraccini, B. M. (2021). Trichodynia and telogen effluvium in COVID-19 patients: Results of an international expert opinion survey on diagnosis and management.. JAAD Int, 5, pp.11-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdin.2021.07.006.
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Background: The cutaneous manifestations of COVID-19 may be useful disease markers and prognostic indicators. Recently, postinfectious telogen effluvium and trichodynia have also been reported. Objective: To evaluate the presence of trichodynia and telogen effluvium in patients with COVID-19 and describe their characteristics in relation to the other signs and symptoms of the disease. Methods: Patients with a history of COVID-19 presenting to the clinics of a group of hair experts because of telogen effluvium and/or scalp symptoms were questioned about their hair signs and symptoms in relation to the severity of COVID-19 and associated symptoms. Results: Data from 128 patients were collected. Telogen effluvium was observed in 66.3% of the patients and trichodynia in 58.4%. Trichodynia was associated with telogen effluvium in 42.4% of the cases and anosmia and ageusia in 66.1% and 44.1% of the cases, respectively. In majority (62.5%) of the patients, the hair signs and symptoms started within the first month after COVID-19 diagnosis, and in 47.8% of the patients, these started after 12 weeks or more. Limitations: The recruitment of patients in specialized hair clinics, lack of a control group, and lack of recording of patient comorbidities. Conclusion: The severity of postviral telogen effluvium observed in patients with a history of COVID-19 infection may be influenced by COVID-19 severity. We identified early-onset (<4 weeks) and late-onset (>12 weeks) telogen effluvium.
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