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About Children's Loose Anagen Syndrome


Loose Anagen Syndrome is a hair disorder characterised by hairs that are easily and painlessly pulled or plucked from the scalp. Hair is thinned in appearance and typically does not grow beyond the nape of the neck.

The prevalence of Loose Anagen Syndrome is unknown. Although recently described, Loose Anagen Syndrome may actually be rather common. It is undoubtedly often misdiagnosed as Alopecia Areata or trichotillomania it has likely been both under diagnosed and underreported to date.

The classic patient with Loose Anagen Syndrome is a girl aged 2-5 years with blonde hair; however, cases of Loose Anagen Syndrome in boys, in adults and in individuals with dark hair have also been reported.

Parents often report that the child's hair is thinning and that haircuts are never needed or are needed only very infrequently.

Parents may have noticed that hair traction, either accidental during playing or intentional, yields clumps of painlessly removed hair.

Many parents complain that hair is unmanageable, lustreless, dry, dull, or matted.

Genetic inheritance appears to be present. Loose Anagen Syndrome has not been consistently associated with any other disorder; however, individual cases associated with the following syndromes have been reported. These associations were most likely coincidental.


There is no treatment for Loose Anagen, it is offer transient and the patients hair recovers and becomes ‘normal’ after several years but proper diagnosis is required to differentiate from other disorders.

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