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Rare form of hair loss often misdiagnosed: a rare form of extreme hair loss called "Atrichia with papular lesions" (APL) is often misdiagnosed as alopecia totalis. Researchers estimate that about 1 per 100 diagnoses of alopecia totalis are incorrect. See introduction to alopecia totalis.
Hair and scalp disorders misdiagnosed in African Americans: A higher than average percentage of misdiagnoses of hair or scalp disorders seem to occur in African Americans. Some of the overlooked hair/scalp conditions include cicatrial alopecia, traction folliculitis and sebhorrheic dermatitis. See hair disorders or scalp disorders.
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Black piedra or confirming a diagnosis of Black piedra, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Black piedra may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Black piedra. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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