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J R Soc Med. 1982 December; 75(12): 963–965.
PMCID: PMC1438484

Alopecia areata treated with topical minoxidil1


Two cases of long-standing alopecia totalis treated with topical minoxidil are described. The mechanism of minoxidil hypertrichosis is discussed.

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