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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 57, n° 4
pages 703-706 (octobre 2007)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2006.10.980
accepted : 3 October 2006
Case & Reviews

Is there a role for sulfasalazine in the treatment of alopecia areata?

Özgür Bakar, MD a, , Oya Gurbuz, MD b
a Department of Dermatology, Acibadem Kozyatagi Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey 
b Department of Dermatology, Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey 

Reprint requests: Özgür Bakar, MD, Goztepe Soyak Sitesi 5, Blok No. 92, Unalan Mah, Libadiye cad, 34662, Uskudar- Istanbul, Turkey.

Promising results have been published in the past with the use of sulfasalazine in alopecia areata. We also observed maintenance of hair growth in refractory alopecia areata patients who were treated with sulfasalazine in combination with oral corticosteroids for 2 to 6 months and sulfasalazine alone for 4 to 12 months while steroids were being tapered. We believe that, because of the small series reported herein, additional larger prospective studies should be conducted to validate these results.

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 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None declared.

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