Alopecia areata – what’s the latest?

15.11.2014

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Sometimes patients with a certain condition inspire you to search and find out how you can help them. Some year and a half ago I met a wonderful girl my age who completely lost her hair two times in her life. It started as alopecia areata – small circular hairless area, but it stubbornly continued until all hair was lost so today she suffers from alopecia totalis – progressive hair loss. Since I met such a lovely person who is dealing with her problem with such bravery so you can envy her on the positive view on life, I wanted to help her. I have studied what PRP therapy in treatment of alopecia areata is,  I have even met Joseph Greco, MD, a physician who wrote the treatment protocol for alopecia areata. We have applied two treatments so far and we can already see some progress. We will continue with this…
Last week at the School of Medicine at the University of Miami I had a chance to attend a lecture by visiting professor from the Columbia University, Angela Christiano, MD. She is an immunologist and geneticist conducting research on the subject of alopecia. As she herself had suffered from alopecia areata and faced difficult life circumstances, she decided to try to find a cure for this condition. At the lecture, she explained the development mechanisms of alopecia areata which include genetic, immunological and inflammatory factors. Alopecia areata is most commonly associated with coeliac disease, type I diabetes, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. She is currently testing efficiency of Ruxolitinib used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and myelofibrosis in treating alopecia areata. The efficiency was tested in small number of patients due to it being a very expensive therapy (8000$ a month, and three months of a regular use is required) and it showed really incredible results.

 

IMG_0030-300x225The medicine is still in its early phase of testing, it includes small number of tested patients, adverse effects are unknown as well as a protocol for its use, but still the fact of progress in medicine and small steps we take towards the treatment of a still unfamiliar disease gives us hope.

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