A group of rare disorders that destroy . The follicles are replaced with scar , causing permanent .
About Cicatricial Alopecia
Cicatricial , also called scarring alopecia, refers to a group of rare disorders that destroy . The follicles are replaced with scar , causing permanent .
What Are the Different Forms?
Cicatricial has two forms. In the primary form, the is the target of the destructive process. In the secondary form, the hair follicle is an innocent bystander, destroyed by another cause. This can be a severe burn, an , radiation, or a .
This fact sheet focuses on the primary form. The primary form is defined by the type of immune involved. These immune cells inflame and destroy the . They are called either or . Sometimes, the process shifts between the two kinds of cells.
What Is the Cause?
The cause of cicatricial is not well understood. What is known is that redness, heat, pain, or swelling occurs at the upper part of the . That is the place where and sebaceous () are located. Stem cells are cells that can develop into different kinds of cells. If the stem cells and are destroyed, the hair follicle cannot regrow, and hair is permanently lost….