Fractured hairs

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Description This chapter describes the trichoscopy of fractured hair shafts (dermoscopy of hair and scalp)
Author(s) Anna Waskiel Burnat · Lidia Rudnicka
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Status unknown
Status update March 20, 2019
Status by Ralph P. Braun


  • Longitudinal splitting of the distal end of hair shaft
  • Unspecific manifestation of a defect in hair shaft structure

Trichoschisis or trichoclasis

  • clean transverse fracture across the hair shaft
  • Trichothiodystrophy, secondary to conditions that weaken the hair shaft

Broken hairs

  • Irregular transverse fracture across the hair shaft
  • Trichotillomania, traction alopecia, alopecia areata, tinea capitis

Golf tee hairs

  • A hair with a concave distal end
  • Specific for Netherton syndrome
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