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MAIDENHAIR FERN has been used to stop the hair falling out, a use stemming from the legend that the hair of Venus (capillus-veneris) was dry when the goddess came out of the sea, since when the fern has been used in hair lotions, particularly for lotions to prevent the hair from going out of curl on damp days. From there it is but a short step for the doctrine of signatures to ensure that it should be used for alopecia. It is the ashes of the fern, mixed with olive oil and vinegar, that are used (Leyel. 1937). SOUTHERNWOOD had a similar reputation. See Gerard's prescription the ashes of burnt Southernwood, with some kind of oyle that is of thin parts cure the pilling of the hairs of the head, and make the beard to grow quickly. A cap of IVY-leaves worn on the head was supposed to stop the hair falling out (Leather), or to make it grow again when illness had caused it to fall. Gerard claimed that a gall from a DOG ROSE, stamped with honey and ashes causeth haires to grow which are...


NETTLE juice combed through the hair to prevent baldness has been a common folk practice (Baker). The Wiltshire cure for dandruff was to massage the scalp with a nettle infusion each day (Wiltshire). PARSLEY was recommended for baldness as far back as Pliny's time (Bazin), repeated a long time afterwards as powder your head with powdered parsley seed three nights every year, and the hair will never fall off (Leyel. 1926). Actually, it really does make a good lotion for getting rid of dandruff, and helps to stave off baldness (A W Hatfield). ROSEMARY, besides providing the base of various hair rinses (see COSMETICS), was also used for the more serious purposes of preventing baldness. A manuscript from 1610 claims that if thou wash thy head with rosemary water and let it drye on agayne by itselfe, it causeth hayre to growe if thou be balde (Gentleman s Magazine Library Popular superstitions p162). Equally optimistic was a wash to prevent the hair from falling off, noted in the...

Clinical manifestation

Persistent, painful erosions on mucous membranes, often healing with scarring ocular involvement pain or the sensation of grittiness in the eye conjunctival inflammation and erosions keratinization of the conjunctiva and shortening of the fornices entropion with subsequent trichiasis skin tense vesicles or bullae, sometimes hemor-rhagic, sometimes healing with scarring or milia scalp involvement leads to alopecia

Dermatologic Physical Exam

Microdistribution Follicular distribution is encountered on rare occasions. The disease may attack any hair bearing area. Follicular LP may be seen with other typical skin and mucous membrane lesions or may occur alone. It presents as pin-head-sized conical, rough red papules pierced by a hair. Permanent hair loss may occur.

Dissecting cellulitis of scalp

Chronic inflammatory disease characterized by painful suppurating lesions of the scalp, leading to scarring alopecia Perifollicular pustules tender nodules (some discharging pus or gelatinous material) intercommunicating sinuses between nodules patchy alopecia with scarring frequent recurrences over many years

Dyskeratosis congenita

Cutaneous manifestations developing between 5 and 15 years of age tan-to-gray, hyperpigmented or hypopigmented macules and patches in a mottled, or reticulated pattern, sometimes with poikilo-derma located on the upper trunk, neck, and face, often with involvement of sun-exposed areas scalp alopecia mucosal leu-koplakia on the buccal mucosa, tongue, oropharynx, esophagus, urethral meatus, glans penis, lacrimal duct, conjunctiva, vagina, anus dental caries progressive nail dystrophy increased incidence of malignant neoplasms, particularly squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, mouth, nasopharynx, esophagus, rectum, vagina, and cer

Lowrisk disease management

The low-risk chemotherapy treatment is usually well tolerated without much major toxicity. Methotrexate does not cause alopecia or significant nausea and myelosup-pression is extremely rare. Of the side effects that do occur, the most frequent problems are from pleural inflammation, mucositis and mild elevation of liver function tests. For the low-risk patients with lung metastases visible on their chest X-rays, our policy is to add CNS prophylaxis with intrathecal methotrexate administration to minimize the risk of development of CNS disease.

Hamartomatous Polyposis Syndromes

Unlike the syndromes discussed earlier, Cronkhite-Canada syndrome is an acquired, nonfamilial syndrome of diffuse gastrointestinal juvenile polyposis. The extraintestinal manifestations include onycholysis, alopecia and skin hyperpigmention. Patients typically present in middle age or older (average 62 yr) with rapid onset of progressive diarrhea, protein-losing

Chloro13Dinitrobenzene 6Chloro13Dinitrobenzene

This substance is one of the strongest primary skin irritant known, and a universal contact allergen. Occupational dermatitis has been reported, but current use is decreasing or performed with completely closed systems. DNCB is sometimes used for topical treatment of alopecia areata, severe warts, and cutaneous metastasis of malignant melanoma.

Pharmacologic Highlights

General Comments Typically, chemotherapy Is given in six or more cycles of treatment. Common side effects are alopecia, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, myelosuppres-sion, and stomatitis. Patients who are receiving chemotherapy are administered antinausea drugs, antiemetics, and pain medicines as needed to help control adverse experiences.

Cronkhitecanada Syndrome

With an average age of onset during the sixth to seventh decade of life (105,109). The syndrome has a worldwide distribution, and has no known cause. It is more common in men (60 ) than women, and is characterized by the onset of generalized GI polyposis, with esophageal sparing, in association with cutaneous hyperpigmentation, hair loss, nail atrophy, and hypogeu-sia (105). The polyps are sessile and innumerable, and they range in size from several millimeters to several centimeters. On histological examination the polyps resemble juvenile polyps, although dysplastic changes do rarely occur (110).

Standard Firstline Therapy For Metastatic Disease

Tournigand et al. conducted an innovative randomized phase III trial of irinotecan plus infusional 5-FU leucovorin (FOLFIRI) followed by FOLFOX at disease progression vs the reverse sequence. The most impressive result of this study was an overall survival exceeding 20 mo in both arms, which had not been previously reached in any randomized study of metastatic colorectal cancer therapy. Neither arm was superior, though toxicity profiles were different. In first-line therapy, grade 3 4 mucositis, nausea vomiting, and grade 2 alopecia were more frequent with FOLFIRI, and grade 3 4 neutropenia and neurosensory toxicity were more frequent with FOLFOX. Interestingly, second-line response rate data was higher with FOLFOX (15 ) than with FOLFIRI (4 ) (84). This trial suggests that the inferiority of IFL to FOLFOX in N9741 was not owing to the irinotecan, and that FOLFIRI represents a reasonable first-line choice for patients with metastatic disease.

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Discuss with the woman helpful coping mechanisms. Encourage her to be open with her partner, her family, and her friends about her concerns. Help the patient cope with hair loss. Teach her cosmetic techniques to deal with hair and body changes. Explore alternative methods to medication to manage nausea and vomiting.

Drug interactions

Alopecia areata Hypersensitivity to drug class or compo- Pressure alopecia nent systemic fungal infection caution in patients with congestive heart failure, seizure disorder, hypertension, diabetes melli- Traction alopecia tus, tuberculosis osteoporosis impaired liver function

Ethical issues from genome to therapy

The most pressing short-term problems arise out of the fact that the most immediate impact of finished sequence data on the human genome is likely to be in diagnostics, with the primary therapies being prenatal diagnosis and abortion. There are a large number of important issues that have been raised with regard to genetic testing. These include worries about the quality of informed consent when dealing with complicated statistical and probabilistic information and limited access to genetic counselling worries about genetic privacy and confidentiality and genetic discrimination and concerns about a new eugenics as testing slides from cystic fibrosis to baldness, a tendency toward obesity, homosexuality, and other value-laden traits (for example, Andrews et al 1994, Kevles & Hood 1992, McGee 1997).

Vitamin DRelated Disorders

This disorder typically responds to physiologic replacement doses of calcitriol (54,55). Vitamin D-dependent rickets type II (vitamin D-resistant rickets) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by hypocalcemia, hypophosphatemia, elevated PTH concentration, and elevated levels of 1,25(OH)2D. This disorder results from mutation of the vitamin D receptor gene (56). Presentation is similar to that of vitamin D-dependent rickets alopecia has been described in some kindreds (57). Treatment of vitamin D-dependent rickets type II is challenging, with variable response to pharmacologic doses of vitamin D or calcitriol (58).

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

Topical fluorouracil may be used to manage some SCC skin lesions. During treatment, the patient's skin is more sensitive than usual to the sun. Healing generally occurs in 1 to 2 months. With metastatic SCC, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery may be combined. The chemother-apeutic agent commonly used is cisplatin or doxorubicin, or both. External beam radiation therapy may be used in cases where a tumor is difficult to remove surgically because of its size or location and in situations in which the patient's health precludes surgery. As an adjuvant therapy after surgery, radiation can be used to kill small deposits of cancer cells that were not visible during surgery. Radiation may also be used when NMSC has spread to other organs or to lymph nodes. If the patient undergoes radiation therapy, prepare the patient for common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, and malaise.

Description Medical Other Infectious and

Begins with the penetration of the infecting organism, the spirochete Treponema pallidum, into the skin or mucosa of the body. Within 10 to 90 days after the initial infection, the primary stage begins with the appearance of a firm, painless lesion called a chancre at the site of entry. In women, the chancre often forms in the vagina or on the cervix and therefore goes unnoticed. If it is left untreated, the chancre heals spontaneously in 1 to 5 weeks. As this primary stage resolves, systemic symptoms appear, thus signaling the start of the secondary stage. Secondary stage symptoms include malaise, headache, nausea, fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, stomatitis, alopecia, condylomata lata (reddish-brown lesions that ulcerate and have a foul discharge), local or generalized rash, and silver-gray eroded patches on the mucous membranes. These symptoms subside in 1 week to 6 months, and the infected person enters a latent stage, which may last from 1 to 40 years. During latency,...

Description Of Lesion

If a chancre exists, palpate the surrounding lymph nodes for hard, painless nodules. Also inspect the scalp, skin, and mucous membranes for hair loss, rashes, or mucoid lesions, which are characteristic of the secondary stage. Inspect the fingernails for signs of pitting.

Risk characterization

The lowest observed effect level (LOEL) is that dose of a test agent at which the exposed animals may show some changes associated with the substance but the changes are not considered adverse effects. The no observed adverse effect level (NOAEL) is that dose at which there are no statistically or biologically significant increases in frequency or severity of effects between the exposed and the control groups. For each toxic substance, an adverse effect may be manifested by a separate threshold dose. Figure 6.4 illustrates progressively adverse responses hair loss, reduced fertility, and liver pathology. The risk assessor would judge that hair loss is not an adverse effect and assign a NOEL. The lowest observed adverse effect level (LOAEL) is the dose of the substance at which there are statistically no biologically significant differences in the frequency or severity of adverse health effects between the exposed and the control groups. The lowest observed effect (LOEL) is...

Examination and investigation of patients with PCOS and secondary amenorrhoea

Signs of hyperandrogenism (acne, hirsutism, balding (alopecia)) are suggestive of the PCOS, although biochemical screening helps to differentiate other causes of androgen excess. It is important to distinguish between hyperandrogenism and virilization, which is additionally associated with high circulating androgen levels and causes deepening of the voice, breast atrophy, increase in muscle bulk and cliteromegaly (see Virilization p. 378). A rapid onset of hirsutism suggests the presence of an androgen secreting tumour of the ovary or adrenal gland. Hirsutism can be graded and given a 'Ferriman-Gallwey Score', by assessing the amount of hair in different parts of the body (e.g. upper lip, chin, breasts, abdomen, arms and legs). It is useful to monitor the progress of hirsutism, or its response to treatment, by making serial records, either using a chart or by taking photographs of affected areas of the body.

Asplenium trichomanes Maidenhair spleenwort

Also from Theophrastus, hair madness. Should all else fail, a tea of Asplenium trichomanes (mixed with olive oil) was once reputed to cure baldness.(Drop a sprig or two into your husband's tea.) By all appearances it has not been successful.

Folliculitis decalvans

Inflammatory process caused by obstruction or disruption of individual hair follicles and the associated pilosebaceous units, leading to scarring alopecia because of destruction of the follicular units role of staphylococcal follicular infection uncertain Occurs in women after age 30 and in men from adolescence onward bogginess or induration of affected areas of the scalp or other hair-bearing sites successive crops of pustules late finding of scarring alopecia

Diagnostic categories in infertility

* Clinical indicators of hyperandrogenism are hirsutism, acne and androgenic alopecia. The elevation of free testosterone and or free testosterone (free androgen) index (FAI) are the biochemical indicators of PCOS. Some women with PCOS may have isolated elevations in dehydroepiandrosteronesulphate (DHEAS). The definition of polycystic appearing ovaries on scan includes the presence of 12 or more follicles in each ovary measuring 2-9 mm in diameter, and increased ovarian volume (> 10 ml). The ovarian volume is calculated using the formula (0.5 x length x width x thickness). The distribution of follicles is not included in the definition and only one ovary fitting the description is sufficient for the diagnosis.

Tertiary prevention of hypothyroidism Avoiding Complications

Although autoimmune thyroiditis is not a complication of hypothyroidism per se, patients affected with it are also at risk of developing a relatively small set of associated autoimmune disorders. The polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type II includes hypothyroidism, primary adrenal insufficiency, and type I diabetes (57). Less commonly, hypothyroidism may occur in the autoimmune dystrophy syndrome (or polyglan-dular autoimmune syndrome type I). Autoimmune thyroid disorders are associated with increased risk of developing pernicious anemia and gastric achlorhydria caused by intrinsic factor and parietal cell autoimmunity. Patients with autoimmune thyroiditis should be monitored for vitamin B12 deficiency with periodic complete blood counts and, whenever the disorder is seriously suspected, serum vitamin B12 measurement. Vitiligo, leukotrichia (prematurely gray hair), and alopecia areata have also been associated with autoimmune thyroiditis although these disorders are often...

Effects on Particular Organs or Organ Systems

The skin suffers toxic effects itself, including cancer, primary irritation, allergic reactions, hair loss, pigment disturbances, ulceration, and chloracne. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the dermis. Irritant contact dermatitis and allergic dermatitis can both be caused by exposure to chemicals and produce similar symptoms, including hives, rashes, blistering, eczema, or skin thickening. The difference between them is that a true allergy takes time to develop, typically at least two weeks whereas irritation does not require a previous exposure. For example, no one reacts to poison ivy when first exposed. Only after a second or subsequent exposure does the itchy rash develop.

See Risk For Impaired Skin Integrity

Defining Characteristics (Specify radiation effects erythema, dryness, itching, increased pigmentation, dry desquamation, necrotic tissue chemotherapy and antibiotic induced side effects local phlebitis, stomatitis, mucositis, maculopapular rash, hyperpigmentation, nail changes, pruritus, dermatitis, alopecia, photosensitivity, acne, erythema, poor wound healing.)

Conditions That May Simulate Tinea

Tinea of the scalp may be confused with any scalp disorder that causes patchy alopecia, inflammation, or scale. The presence of hairs broken off a short distance above or right at the scalp surface should cause immediate suspicion. Occasionally TCa does not produce hair breakage. Alopecia areata causes patchy hair loss and may show erythema of the scalp. Scale is absent, however, and the presence of exclamation-point and dystrophic anagen hairs should differentiate it. In older patients with alopecia areata, gray hairs continue to grow within the patches of alopecia. An active impetigo of the scalp, on rare occasions, can produce enough inflammation to cause hair loss and may simulate a kerion. Hairs can be readily epilated but come out by the root rather than by breakage. Whenever there is a question, hair KOH exam and fungal culture are indicated.

Beet Root

Medicinal uses for beech are few, in fact the only recipe involving the leaves dates from the 15th century, and is for deafness take the juice of leaves of a beech-tree, and good vinegar, even portions, and put thereto powder of quick-lime and then clear it through a cloth and of this, when it is cleansed, put hot into the sick ear (Dawson). More attention was paid to the water that collected in hollow parts of the tree. It cures, according to Evelyn, the most obsinate tetters, scabs, and scurfs, in man or beast, fomenting the part with it, and it also prevents baldness, according to a report from Devonshire (Devonshire Association. Transactions. vol 103 1971 p103).

Brow Ptosis

TREATMENT Several procedures are available for the correction of brow ptosis. The choice depends upon a number of factors (i) the sex of the patient and, therefore, the desired brow contour (ii) the relative position of the brows (iii) the density of the brow cilia (iv) the presence of associated deformities such as crow's feet and prominent transverse glabellar folds and (v) the height of the scalp hair line or presence of male-pattern baldness. Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantages, and selecting the most appropriate operation must be individualized for each patient. The brow pexy is the simplest technique where the deep fascia of the frontalis muscle is fixed to periosteum to prevent the action of gravity from pulling the brows downward. More recently the trans-blepharoplasty Endotine (Coapt) has made this procedure more effective. In the direct brow lift an ellipse of skin is removed from above the brow, leaving a fine scar just above the brow hairs. However, this...

Whats in a Name

In addition to its myeloablative effects, HDC is extremely toxic to other tissues with dividing cells, such as the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, and the hair follicles. Acute toxicities include cramping and dysfunction in the gastrointestinal tract, mouth sores, nausea, diarrhea, rashes, and fatigue. Total hair loss is very common but varies with the type of chemotherapy used. Severe organ toxicity is less common but can be fatal. The lungs are particularly sensitive to some drugs (e.g., vincristine in the Solid Tumor Autologous Marrow Program I regimen), and life-threatening interstitial pneumonitis can occur, resulting in fluid accumulation and reduced blood oxygen. Other severe adverse effects may include liver damage and inflammation of the bladder. Cardiac events occur more often with HDC. For these reasons, patients who underwent HDC ABMT were usually hospitalized for several weeks and sometimes for months if complications occurred. During hospitalization, patients were at...

Beyond the cell wall

Perhaps the most obvious extracellular structures are flagella (sing flagellum), thin hair-like structures often much longer than the cell itself, and used for locomotion in many bacteria. There may be a single flagellum, one at each end, or many, depending on the bacteria concerned (Figure 3.10). Each flagellum is a hollow but rigid cylindrical filament made of the protein flagellin, attached via a hook to a basal body, which secures it to the cell wall and plasma membrane (Figure 3.11). The basal body comprises a series of rings, and is more complex in Gram-negative than Gram-positive bacteria. Rotation of the flagellum is an energy-dependent process driven by the basal body, and the direction of rotation determines the nature of the resulting cellular movement. Clockwise rotation of a single flagellum results in a directionless 'tumbling',

Specific History

A careful medication history is essential, and any medication reported to cause an LP-like eruption should be discontinued. The features of these drug eruptions are sometimes strikingly similar to the idiopathic disease both clinically and microscopically, and offending drugs will be uncovered only by careful history. The list of medications that cause these reactions continues to grow and any agent should be suspect. These drug-induced eruptions are slow to clear and it is not unusual for improvement to take 2 or 3 months. LP has also been associated with an increased incidence of autoimmune diseases (Sjogren's syndrome, sicca syndrome, alopecia areata, vitiligo, ulcerative colitis, myasthenia gravis, and diabetes mellitus), chronic dermatophyte infections, and chronic liver disease (primary biliary cirrhosis, alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis B and C). The presence of a fungal infection is usually significant the authors have seen many cases of LP that clear and...


(Cinnamonium cassia) In Palestine, cassia oil was mixed with olive oil, and this was used to rub on the feet, and also to massage into the scalp, as it kept hair dark and greasy, and prevented baldness (Genders. 1972). The twigs are used in China to improve blood circulation, and also to treat angina (Geng Junying). But Cassia oil was one of the precious perfumes, an ingredient of the holy oil of the Old Testament. It was also used as part of the incense burnt in the Temple (Zohary). In much the same way as the oak in European mythology, some of the earlier peoples of India regarded the Cassia as the origin of human life (Porteous. 1928).

Medical management

Selection criteria for treatment with methotrexate are usually strict and they are listed in Table 14.3. Two randomized trials which compared methotrexate to surgery showed that only one third of all tubal ectopics satisfied these criteria and were suitable for medical treatment with the success rates between 65 and 82 35,36 . The overall contribution of methotrexate to successful treatment of tubal ectopic was between 23 and 30 while all other women required surgery. The other problem with methotrexate is the risk of tubal rupture and blood transfusion, which occurred significantly more often in women receiving methotrexate compared to those who had surgery, this emphasizes the need for a very close follow up 35 . There is also a risk of side effects such as gastritis, stomatitis, alopecia, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Disturbances in hepatic and renal function and leukopenia or thrombocytopaenia may also occur.


PARSLEY makes a good lotion for getting rid of dandruff, and helps to stave off baldness (A W Hatfield). The Wiltshire remedy was to massage the scalp with a NETTLE infusion each day (Wiltshire) (see also Baldness). An American domestic remedy for the condition is to use a lotion made of one part APPLE juice to three parts of water (H M Hyatt). Evelyn favoured a MYRTLE decoction for dandruff, and also for dyeing the hair black. Not only that, but it keepeth them from shedding. Gerard reported thet the juyce of the decoction (of FENUGREEK) pressed forth doth clense the haire, taketh away dandruffe , and the meale, presumably the paste or porridge made from the seeds, he reports as being good to wash the head ., for it taketh away the scarfe, scales, nits, and all other imperfections. substitute, but as a ritual hair shampoo in initiation ceremonies, but the Kiowa claimed it was an effective cure for dandruff and baldness (Vestal & Schultes).

Dog Rose

The galls made by the gall wasp on the dog-rose enjoyed a great reputation at one time. These Briar balls, also known by more picturesque names like Robin Redbreast's Cushions in Sussex (Latham), used to be sold by apothecaries to be powdered and taken to cure the stone, as a diuretic, and also for colic. Boiled up with black sugar (the sugar used for curing ham), the result would be drunk for whooping cough (Page. 1978). That is a gypsy remedy, but country people generally used to hang them round their necks as an amulet against whooping cough (Grigson. 1955), or just hanging them in the house (Rolleston), not only for whooping cough, but for rheumatism, too (Bloom), or for piles (Savage). Putting one under the pillow was a Norfolk way of curing cramp (Taylor). In Hereford and Worcester the gall was carried round in the pocket to prevent toothache (Leather), while Yorkshire schoolboys wore them as a charm against flogging (Gutch) that is why they were known as Savelick there. Gerard...

Follicular mucinosis

Alopecia mucinosa Pruritic, pink to yellow-white, follicular papules and plaques may be solitary or multiple face and scalp most common sites non-scarring alopecia Alopecia areata telogen effluvium andro-genetic alopecia keratosis pilaris lichen spinulosus lichen planopilaris


Headaches can be cured with it, by bruising a leaf, wetting it and tying it to the head (Thomas & Thomas). That is the American way, but the cure is simpler in Britain. All you need do is smell it, so they claim in Norfolk (V G Hatfield), or in Sussex, just holding the scrapings tight would do the trick (J Simpson). The cure in Gloucestershire was also to smell it, better put as inhaling the vapour from the grated root (Vickery. 1995). It is even said that sniffing the juice will cure baldness (Page. 1978). It will relieve toothache, too, if bound on (Newman & Wilson). That was in Essex, but in Norfolk the grated root had to be put on the opposite wrist for twenty minutes (V G Hatfield). Horseradish figures quite a lot in Fenland medicine. Wearing a bag filled with the grated root round the neck was a Cambridge ague preventive, and Fen people claimed that a slice applied to a cut stopped the bleeding and drew the edges of the skin together quickly so that the minimum of scarring...

Maidenhair Fern

(Adiantum capillus-veneris) Adiantum is from a Greek word meaning unmoistened, because the fern has the property of repelling moisture, a peculiarity that was attributed to the hair of Venus (capillus-veneris), who when she rose from the sea came out with dry hair. So, ever since these legends arose, it has been used in hair lotions, and particularly in lotions to prevent the hair going out of curl on damp days. The doctrine of signatures ensured that it should be used for alopecia it is the ashes of the fern, mixed with olive oil and vinegar, that are used (Leyel. 1937). It was used too for lung complaints, like coughs and breathing difficulties, and it was also recommended for jaundice and swollen joints (Addison. 1985).

Radiation Treatment

Of patients who undergo conventional radiation therapy, 1-2 experience hair loss, cranial nerve palsies, tumor necrosis with hemorrhage, and optic nerve damage or pituitary apoplexy with visual loss (65-69). Lethargy, memory loss, and altered personality are also reported (70). Half of patients treated with radiation therapy develop hypopituitarism within 10 yr of receiving radiation treatment (58,71), with an increased incidence annually thereafter (65), requiring permanent replacement with gonadal steroids, thyroid hormone, and cortisone. Secondary brain neoplasms arising in the radiation field have been rarely reported (72,73). Radiation therapy is highly effective in shrinking GH-secreting adenomas, but it takes 15-20 yr to control GH IGF-1 levels in 90 of patients. Radiation therapy is recommended for patients not cured by surgical or medical

Outcome Criteria

Teach parents and child about the disease process, surgical procedure, what to expect with procedures done preoperatively, and what will be experienced postoperatively including radiation and chemotherapy and its benefits and effects (alopecia, stomatitis, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea are possible but temporary).

Scarlet Pimpernel

Country people used it medicinally, too, notably for complaints of the eyes. Perhaps the pimpernel's habit of closing its petals at dusk suggested a connection with the eyes (Conway). Anyway, the use is quoted from ancient Greece onwards. 15th century leechdoms have examples for the web in the eyes. One prescription required the patient to take pimpernel a good quantity and stamp it, and wring the juice through a cloth and take swine's grease, and as much of hen's grease and melt together and put the juice thereto, and keep it in boxes and anoint the eyes therewith when thou goest to bed (Dawson. 1934). Something similar to this preparation, i.e., a lotion made from the plant with hog's lard, has been used as a cure for baldness (Page. 1978).


(Yucca glauca) As with other members of the genus, the root was used like soap by the native Americans. Once the root bark is stripped off, the root can be pounded in cold water to make a lather. Blankets were washed in this way (Stevenson) in fact, the Navajo, in washing wool, prefer to use Yucca roots, because there is no grease or fatty substance in it, and they also say that they have a greater cleansing power than soap (Elmore). As with Datil (Yucca baccata) the special, ceremonial use is for hair shampoo - the Pueblo Indians used it as part of the ritual in initiation ceremonies (La Fontaine), though people like the Kiowa claimed it was an effective cure for dandruff and baldness (Vestal & Schultes).


Exfoliative Ichthyosis

CLINICAL PRESENTATION In lamellar ichthyosis the skin shows, course, yellow scales with raised corners which range is size from fine to large and plate-like. These scales are arranged in a mosaic pattern resembling fish skin and are easily shed. Fine, light to dark thick scales are present on the eyelid skin and at the base of the eyelashes. Alopecia of the scalp and loss of eyelashes is common. Often there is keratinization of the lid margin and palpebral conjunctiva, accompanied by a papillary reaction. With time the skin tightens resulting in ectropion which may be very severe. Corneal exposure with secondary scarring and vascularization is a constant threat.



Diphencyprone is a potent contact allergen used in topical immunotherapy, to treat some severe alopecia areata. It is responsible for occupational contact dermatitis in chemists and dermatology department staff. diphencyprone in a chemist. Contact Dermatitis 32 363 Temesv ri E, Gonz lez R, Marschalk M, Horv th A (2004) Age dependence of diphenylcyclopropenone sensitization in patients with alopecia areata. Contact Dermatitis 50 381-382


Lupus Eyelid

INTRODUCTION Madarosis refers to the loss of eyelashes. It may result from trauma, rubbing the eyelids, or it can follow eyelid surgery with injury to the lash follicles. Madarosis is also associated with systemic diseases such as alopecia areata, but here hair loss is usually seen in other parts of the body as well. Discoid lupus erythematosis involving the eyelids presents with erythema, scarring, and madarosis, but the latter can be the only presenting finding before any other

Lupus Erythematosus

Eye Lid Disorders

Common nonscarring eyelid lesions include a pruritic eruption of the lower eyelids. Scarring lesions often present as sharply demarcated purple-red, slightly raised, circumscribed plaques covered with thin adherent whitish scales and telangiectasias. Often such lesions are localized to the lateral aspect of the lower eyelids. Such lesions may enlarge to reach a size of about 5 to 10 mm. The major disfigurement of discoid lupus occurs as the lesions involute where atrophic scarring may lead to trichiasis and entropion. Often, pronounced hypopigmentation or hyper-pigmentation occurs. Other common skin manifestations include the classic butterfly rash, cutaneous vasculitic foci, urticaria, vesiculobullous lesions, and nonscarring alopecia. Ocular manifestations include retinal hemorrhages, cotton wool spots, retinal vasculitis, papillitis, diffuse retinal edema, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, and band keratopathy. Associated systemic findings in lupus erythematosus include arthralgia,...

Leukemia Cutis

Eyelid Infiltrative Disorders

Associated orbital disease is not uncommon and presents with pain, lid edema, and exophthalmos. Systemic manifestations include purpura due to thrombocytopenia, urticaria, pruritis, erythema multiforme, leonine facies, alopecia, exfoliative dermatitis, and infection with opportunistic organisms may be seen. Death may result from infection or hemorrhage.


Acanthosis Nigrigans Vulva

Thyroid disease is common and the thyroid gland should be palpated and signs of hypothyroidism (dry thin hair, proximal myopathy, myotonia, slow-relaxing reflexes, mental slowness, bradycardia, etc.) or hyper-thyroidism (goitre with bruit, tremor, weight loss, tachycardia, hyperreflexia, exopthalmos, conjunctival oedema, ophthalmoplegia, etc.) elicited.


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Anti-oestrogenic effects include thickening of cervical mucus and hot flushes in 10 of women. Other side effects include abdominal distension (2 ), abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, breast tenderness and reversible hair loss. Clomifene has a mydriatic action that can result in blurred vision and scotomas in 1.5 of women. These changes are reversible. Significant ovarian enlargement

Genetics of PCOS

The PCOS has long been noted to have a familial component 11 . Genetic analysis has been hampered by the lack of a universal definition for PCOS. Most of the criteria used for diagnosing PCOS are continuous traits, such as, degree of hirsutism, level of circulating andro-gens, extent of menstrual irregularity, and ovarian volume and morphology. To perform genetic analyses these continuous variables have to be transformed into nominal variables. Family studies have revealed that about 50 of first-degree relatives have PCOS suggesting a dominant mode of inheritance 12 . Commonly first-degree male relatives appear more likely to have premature baldness and metabolic syndrome. As hyperandrogenism is a key feature of PCOS it is logical to explore the critical steps in steroidogenesis and potential enzyme dysfunction. Some studies have found an abnormality with the cholesterol side chain cleavage gene (CYP11a), which is the rate limiting step in steroidogenesis.

Castor Oil Plant

The plant's dissemination must have taken place very early, for it was cultivated as a drug plant by the ancient Egyptians. It was sacred enough to have been put in sarcophagi by 4000BC, so that the dead would have use for the bean in the other world. There is a whole list of medicinal uses in the Ebers Papyrus and other lesser known ones. They used the seeds as a purge, taken with beer, or as a painkiller, particularly for sores, in the form of an ointment, which was also used for a disease tentatively identified as alopecia. Again, the seeds, mixed with beans, were used as a fumigant, and employed to drive away the influence of a god or goddess, a male poison or a female poison, a dead man or a dead woman (Dawson. 1929).

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Treating kidney and liver trouble, and for dropsy and jaundice (Vesey-Fitzgerald). Parsley tea used to be a rheumatism remedy (Rohde). Even chewing the leaves is still thought of as a means of warding off rheumatism (Camp). Actually, parsley for rheumatism is a very ancient medicine there is a leechdom in the Anglo-Saxon version of Apuleius for sore of sinews. (Cockayne). Chapped hands were cured in the Fens by rubbing on a salve made from finely-chopped parsley mixed with the fat of a roasted hen (Porter. 1969). It seems, too, that parsley was used for snakebite in the past (Cockayne). Indeed, it once enjoyed the reputation of being able to destroy poison, probably, as one suggestion has it (C P Johnson), because it can overcome strong smells. The crushed leaves make an antiseptic dressing for insect bites, scratches and bruises, or boils (V G Hatfield). It was even recommended for baldness as far back as Pliny's time (Bazin), repeated a long time afterwards as powder your head with...


It was also said in Gloucestershire that if Lad's Love were put in the shoe, you would come across our lover by chance (J Lewis). Another explanation of the origin of the name Lad's Love, is that the name comes from its use in an ointment that young men used to promote the growth of a beard (Leyel. 1937). Gerard among others, had something to say about southernwood's anti-baldness properties the ashes of burnt Southernwood, with some of oyle that is of thin parts cure the pilling of the hairs of the head, and make the beard to grow quickly. That is to be found too in the Gentleman's Magazine, where the correspondent is quoting a 1610 manuscript. To remedye baldnes of the heade. After burning and powdering the herb, mix it with oile of radishes and anoynte the balde place, and you shall see great experiences.

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