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Alopecia universalis

Alopecia universalis
Classification & external resources
ICD-10 L63.1

Alopecia universalis or alopecia areata universalis is a medical condition involving rapid loss of all hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. It is the most severe form of alopecia areata, with an incidence of .001% (1 in 100,000).[citation needed]



Alopecia universalis can occur at any age, and is currently believed to be an autoimmune disorder.[1]


There is no standard treatment for alopecia universalis. Many treatments have been explored, including immunomodulatory agents such as imiquimod.[2]

Notable people with alopecia universalis

  • Art Harris, a journalist best known for his work as a CNN assignment reporter
  • Duncan Goodhew, a former Olympic swimmer
  • David Ferrie, A CIA operative, pilot, and private investigator.
  • Matt Lucas, an actor appearing in the Little Britain TV series
  • Pierluigi Collina, the world's most famous soccer referee
  • Staciana Stitts-Winfield who won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was also a member of the USA national team at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York, placing second in the 100m breast and was on the gold medal winning 400 medley relay (breaststroke leg).

Fictional characters with alopecia universalis

  • Stan Sitwell, a character on the sitcom Arrested Development
  • The Judge, a character in Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian
  • China, a pony belonging to Kaitlin Cooper from television's The O.C

See also


  1. ^ Robins DN (2007). "Case reports: alopecia universalis: hair growth following initiation of simvastatin and ezetimibe therapy". Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 6 (9): 946–7. PMID 17941369.
  2. ^ Letada PR, Sparling JD, Norwood C (2007). "Imiquimod in the treatment of alopecia universalis". Cutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner 79 (2): 138–40. PMID 17388216.
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