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Alopecia universalis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 L63.1

Alopecia universalis or alopecia areata universalis is a medical condition involving rapid loss of all hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. It is the most severe form of alopecia areata, with an incidence of .001% (1 in 100,000).



Alopecia universalis can occur at any age, and is currently believed to be an autoimmune disorder.[1]


There is no standard treatment for alopecia universalis. Many treatments have been explored, including immunomodulatory agents such as imiquimod.[2]

Alopecia Universalis may be acute and short-lived or remain permanently. Regrowth is always a possibility, even for those with 100% hair loss over many years. However, it is not possible to predict when regrowth will occur.[3]

Notable people with alopecia universalis

  • Edith Bouvier Beale, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassiss relative depicted in the Grey Gardens saga[4]
  • Nate Cornejo, a former professional baseball pitcher
  • Merrill Spencer, a professional baller from Boiestown
  • Art Harris, a journalist best known for his work as a CNN assignment reporter
  • Duncan Goodhew, a former Olympic swimmer
  • Gustavo Chacín, a professional baseball pitcher
  • David Ferrie, A CIA operative during the Cuban Missile Crisis, trained pilot, private investigator, and also served with Lee Harvey Oswald in Civil Air Patrol.
  • Matt Lucas, an actor appearing in the Little Britain TV series
  • Pierluigi Collina, Italian soccer referee
  • Staciana Stitts-Winfield who won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was also a member of the USA national team at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York, placing second in the 100m breast and was on the gold medal winning 400 medley relay (breaststroke leg).
  • Charlie Villanueva, a professional basketball player currently playing for the NBA's Detroit Pistons.
  • John D. Rockefeller, businessman and Standard Oil Magnate.[5]
  • Dave McPherson (musician), the lead singer and guitarist for the British rock band InMe
  • Clive Conway, early music baritone, technical writer and editor, former bass player for the Australian band Kai's Dilemma
  • Tómas Lemarquis, Icelandic actor
  • Ólafur Egill Egilsson, Icelandic actor
  • Dean Canto, Australian Racing Driver
  • Frode Alnæs, Norwegian rock musician from the band Dance With a Stranger.
  • Gail Porter, A Scottish television presenter
  • Stephen "pH" Graessle, An American distance runner and member of the EMC.
  • Ken Greenleaf, American artist and critic
  • Gareth Pollard English Cricketer.

Notable fictional characters with alopecia universalis

See also


  1. ^ Robins DN (2007). "Case reports: alopecia universalis: hair growth following initiation of simvastatin and ezetimibe therapy". Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 6 (9): 946–7. PMID 17941369.  
  2. ^ Letada PR, Sparling JD, Norwood C (2007). "Imiquimod in the treatment of alopecia universalis". Cutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner 79 (2): 138–40. PMID 17388216.  
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  4. ^ Grey Gardens DVD - 2009 - HBO - Audio commentary with executive producers Michael Sucsy, Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Rachael Horovitz
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