Alopecia linked to higher risk of death from self-harm
Patients with alopecia areata had a higher mortality risk associated with intentional self-harm and psychiatric illness than those without hair loss, a Korean registry study found.
The study looked at data on 73,107 patients with alopecia areata (6023 with alopecia totalis/universalis) and at least three documented visits to a dermatologist from 2002-06, and 731,070 age- and sex-matched controls.
Mortality data were gathered through to 2016.
The study found no differences in all-cause mortality risk