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ICD-10 L63.2
ICD-9 704.01

Ophiasis is a form of alopecia areata characterized by the loss of hair in the shape of a wave at the circumference of the head. [1]

It gets its name from "ophis", which is the Greek word for snake, because of the apparent similarity to a snake-shape and the pattern of hair loss. [2]

The term "sisaipho" is used to characterize the inverse pattern. Sisaipho is the reverse spelling of ophiasis. [3] It is also called "ophiasis inversus".[4]


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