Published: 4 October 2018
Author(s): Simonetta Piana, Caterina Longo, Riccardo Valli
Issue: October 2018
Section: Internal Medicine Flashcard

A woman in her 70s presented with a worsening alopecia and multiple erythematous plaques involving the scalp, the frontal area and the eyebrows (Fig. 1A and B). Pruritus was a significant feature. A careful dermatological examination of the whole body, palpation of the lymph nodes and laboratory investigation were unremarkable. In her past medical history, there was a HCV-chronic hepatitis. A 5 mm skin biopsy was taken from one lesion on the scalp.

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