Frequency and associated factors of hair loss among patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Rajesh Shah, Bincy P. Abraham, Jason Hou, Joseph Sellin

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AIM: To identify the frequency of hair loss among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and associated clinical and disease related factors. METHODS: We performed a cross sectional study in a tertiary referral adult IBD clinic. Self-reported history and characteristics of hair loss as well as clinical and demographic information were collected. Data were analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses. RESULTS: Two hundred and ten consecutive IBD patients were recruited; one hundred and fifty patients met predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria. Thirty-three percent of patients reported a history of hair loss. Age, gender, IBD type and disease duration were not associated with hair loss. Hair loss was reported less frequently among patients with use of mesalamine (54% vs 73%, P = 0.03) and anti-tumor necrosis factor medications (anti-TNF) (14% vs 40%, P = 0.001). In multivariate analyses adjusting for gender, IBD type and duration of disease, these associations with mesalamine and anti-TNF remained significant [(adjusted values for mesalamine (OR = 0.43, 95%CI: 0.19-0.86) and anti-TNFs (OR = 0.28, 95%CI: 0.08-0.98)]. CONCLUSION: Hair loss is common among patients with IBD. Mesalamine and anti-TNF medications were associated with lower odds of hair loss. Further studies are required to assess the mechanism of hair loss among patients with IBD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-232
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2015


  • Alopecia
  • Crohn's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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