Abstract Number: 191

A case series of 10 patients with steroid resistant alopecia areata successfully treated with azathioprine

H. Rajgopal Bala, A.H. Chong

Meeting: 2016 Dermcoll

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We describe 10 patients with moderate to severe scalp alopecia areata, which reoccurred despite systemic corticos- teroid treatment. In this cohort of patients there were 7 females and 3 males with an average age of 38 years. Patients were started on 50 mg of azathioprine and dosing regimen ranged from 25 mg to 200 mg per day depending on stage of treatment. The average duration of treatment was 3.5 years and all patients demonstrated near to com- plete regrowth of scalp hair. Currently very little literature and evidence exists regarding the use of azathioprine in the treatment of alopecia areata as mainstay treatment. We found azathioprine be a very effective second line treatment for steroid resistant alopecia areata in our cohort of patients.