Alopecia Areata Registry and Immunogenetic Mechanisms

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Purpose

The goals of this study are to understand the genetic control of autoimmunity in alopecia areata (AA), to better understand the complex biology of the cycling hair follicle, and to use this knowledge to devise safe and effective treatments for this common disease.

Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study: Both
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients with AA, children and adults, who have been diagnosed by a dermatologist, who is an expert in the field of alopecia. Subtypes that are allowable are alopecia universalis, alopecia totalis, patchy persistent alopecia or transient mild alopecia.
  • Family members, related by blood, of these patients (preferably sib-pairs plus parents and multiplex families).
  • Age matched controls from spouses or clinic patients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A person under the age of 18 years not accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • A person who is unable to comprehend the informed consent and sign the consent form.

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