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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.
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When checking for a misdiagnosis of Non-scarring alopecia or confirming a diagnosis of Non-scarring alopecia, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Non-scarring alopecia may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Non-scarring alopecia. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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