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2021 May 07

Mil Med

Case Report: Scarring Alopecia After Scalp Avulsion.


Lorei NC, Sullivan JF, Lennon RP, Milder EA, Roman JW
Mil Med. 2021 May 07.
PMID: 33959773.


Scalp avulsion is a rare trauma in the developed world but is a common injury in countries with poorly established infrastructure and safety regulations. This case reports the long-term sequelae of this injury, observed while conducting a humanitarian mission, and discusses immediate actions for management in an acute setting. We aim to increase awareness about this injury, its risk factors, and treatment options to better prepare clinicians in the developed world to provide care for this condition in the austere environment, which may include not only chronic pain, functional, and aesthetic concerns, but also a psychological impact that persists years after the initial injury.