Association of alopecia areata and lichen planus pigmentosus

Selma El Kadiri, Hanane Baybay, Rhizlane Chaoui, Zakia Douhi, Sara Elloudi, Fatima Zahra Mernissi

Departement of Dermatology, CHU Hassan II, Fez, Morocco

Corresponding author: Dr. Selma El Kadiri, E-mail:

Submission: 16.01.2020; Acceptance: 21.02.2020

DOI: 10.7241/ourd.2020e.13

Cite this article: El Kadiri S, Bay Bay H, Chaoui R, Douhi Z, Elloudi S, Mernissi FZ. Association of alopecia areata and lichen planus pigmentosus. Our Dermatol Online. 2020;11(e):e13.1-e13.2.

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Lichen planus pigmentosus is a a rare variant of lichen planus. It is characterized by acquired dark brown to gray macular pigmentation on sun-exposed areas commonly found in dark-skinned phototype. Here we report a case of association of alopecia areata and lichen planus pigmentosus.

A 35-year-old woman he patient presented with multiple alopecic scalp plaques progressing for 1 year towards total scalp alopecia. The evolution was marked by hypopigmented hair regrowth maintained for years (Fig. 1). On dermatological examination, the patient presented multiple pruriginous grayish pigmented macules of the trunk (Fig. 2). The dermoscopy objectified the presence of multiple dots and globules) surrounding perifollicular openings. Histopathological examination of biopsy specimens showed vacuolization of basal cell layer associated with pigmented incontinence and keratinocytic apoptosis. Our patient was treated with association of corticoids and methotrexate. Although the association between lichen planus and alopecia areata is well known, a similar association in LPP patients has not been established before. In their pilot study seeking for LPP association, LPP was frequently associated to diabetis, hypothyroidism, SAAPL, Gougerot Sjogren, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis [1]. These results are suggestive of the autoimmune pathogenesis of LPP. We report a new association of lichen planus pigmentosus and alopecia areata corroborating this hypothesis.

Figure 1. Hypopigmented hair regrowth of totalis alopecia areata.                             
Figure 2. Multiples grayish macules of the trunk.


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1. Youssef M, Lahouel I, Korbi M, Soua Y, Marmouch H, Akkari H, et al. Lichen planus pigmentosus and association with autoimmune diseases:A case–control study. Our Dermatol Online. 2019;10:125-30.


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