frontal fibrosing alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia: Ridging in the forehead is a new sign

A New Observation in Patients with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Dr Jeff Donovan, Canadian Hair Loss Foundation

Frontal fibrosing alopecia causes hair loss along the frontal hairline and temples and sometimes even extends around the back of the scalp as well. Many patients experience eyebrow, eyelash loss and even body hair loss. 

Researchers from Spain recently reported a new finding that we should all be on the lookout for - depression of the skin overlying the frontal vein (which is a vein that can often be seen in the middle of the forehead). The researchers reported 11 women who had a depression or ridge in the skin overlying the frontal vein and propose that this too is a feature of frontal fibrosing alopecia. 


Depression of the frontal veins: A new clinical sign of frontal fibrosing alopecia.

Vañó-Galván S, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Urech M, Jiménez-Gómez N, Saceda-Corralo D, Paoli J, Cuevas J, Jaén P. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Jun;72(6):1087-8.