Journal article

Systemic treatments for alopecia areata: A systematic review

Vivien Wai Yun Lai, Gang Chen, Douglas Gin, Rodney Sinclair

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

A range of systemic treatments are used for alopecia areata with variable evidence supporting efficacy. In this systematic review, we evaluated the evidence surrounding systemic treatments for alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis. A systematic search was conducted of the peer-reviewed literature published between 1946 and March 2018 via Medline, Embase, Amed, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsychINFO and Lilacs. All randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the effectiveness of systemic treatments for individuals with alopecia areata, totalis or universalis were included. Sixteen studies were included with a total of 768 participants. We fou..

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