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					                                 Hair pathology
Reuven Bergman,1*
Dept of Dermatology, Rambam Medical Center, and the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of
Medicine, Technion, Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
*E-mail: r_bergman@rambam.health.gov.il

 In our everyday clinic, hair microscopy includes routinely processed biopsy
 specimens for scalp pathology and hair shaft microscopy. In children, hair shaft
 microscopy is often used to examine for structural abnormalities which
 characterize congenital hair disorders and alopecias. Scalp biopsies are
 occasionally obtained in children as well, because they may be useful
 diagnostically in both congenital and acquired alopecias. In adults, most of the hair
 disorders involve acquired hypotrichosis and alopecias, and scalp biopsy is the
 routine diagnostic approach which may be valuable in diagnosing the various
 subtypes of inflammatory alopecias. There are two modes of sectioning of a scalp
 biopsy: vertical and horizontal. The merits and flaws of each method will be
 discussed, and our method of complete vertical sectioning will be shown. The
 usefulness of scalp biopsies in acquired alopecias in both adults and children, and
 the utility of hair shaft microscopy will be demonstrated and discussed
 systematically, along with histopathological images and clinicopathologic
 correlations.

				
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