Alopecia linked to higher risk of death from self-harm

Korean study shows those with alopecia universalis are the most affected

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