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Ophiasis

Ophiasis
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ICD-10 9 704.01

Ophiasis[1] is a form of alopecia areata characterized by the loss of hair in the shape of a wave at the circumference of the head. [2]

It gets its name from "ophis", which is the Greek word for snake, because of the apparent similarity to a snake-shape and the pattern of hair loss.[3]

The term "sisaipho" is used to characterize the inverse pattern. Sisaipho is the reverse spelling of ophiasis.[4] It is also called "ophiasis inversus".[5]

Ophiasis has poor prognostic significance.

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  • http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/475338
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