Alopecia syphilitica, from diagnosis to treatment

Abstract

Alopecia syphilitica (AS) is an uncommon manifestation of secondary syphilis, with a prevalence that ranges from 3% to 7%. It is a nonscarring alopecia that can present in a diffuse pattern, a moth-eaten pattern, or a mixed subtype. Due to its low prevalenceand similar presentation to other forms of alopecia such as alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and tinea capitis, dermatologistsmust maintain a high degree of suspicion for prompt diagnosis. The diagnosis of AS is made by eliciting the patient’s history,obtaining serologic tests, and examining histopathologic or dermatoscopic findings. First-line treatment includes benzathine peni-cillin G injection, which leads to hair regrowth weeks to months after administration. In this article, we present a focused reviewon the diagnosis of AS and discuss evidence-based therapeutic approaches for the management and treatment of this condition.

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Faculty credentials/disclosure 

Mojahed Mohammad K. Shalabi and Brooke Burgess are fourth-year medical students atTexas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. Samiya Khanis a fourth-year medical student at the Long School of Medicinein San Antonio, TX. Amor Khachemoune is a board-certifieddermatologist on the faculty at SUNY Downstate Medical Centerand practices at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both inBrooklyn, New York. Eric Ehrsam is a board-certified dermatolo-gist with a special interest in dermoscopy in private practice anda hospital in Lille, France. The authors and planner for this edu-cational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) to dis-close with ineligible companies whose primary business isproducing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Expiration date

Credit eligibility for this article is set to expire on January 1, 2024.

Target Audience

All physicians

Learning Objectives

After completing the article, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the clinical and trichoscopic findings of alopecia syphilitica
  • Describe possible methods to diagnose alopecia syphilitica
  • Identify treatments for alopecia syphilitica
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC Part 2
    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 MOC points in the American Board of Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/01/2022
Course expires: 
03/01/2024
Cost:
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The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC Part 2
    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 MOC points in the American Board of Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.00 Attendance

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