Acne keloidalis nuchae

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Acne keloidalis nuchae
Classification and external resources
Specialty dermatology
ICD-10 L73.0
ICD-9-CM 706.1

Acne keloidalis nuchae (also known as "Acne keloidalis", "Dermatitis papillaris capillitii", "Folliculitis keloidalis", "Folliculitis keloidis nuchae", and "Nuchal keloid acne"[1]:526) is a destructive scarring folliculitis that occurs almost exclusively on the occipital scalp of people of African descent, primarily men.[2] This is mainly because men often cut their hair very low as opposed to women, allowing the hair to prick the occipital scalp and upset it. Acne keloidalis nuchae most commonly presents itself in individuals aged 13 to 25.[3] The disease is closely related to pseudofolliculitis barbae and both occur frequently in black men in the military, where it is so common that services often have widely known protocols for management.[4]

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  1. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  2. ^ Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. Page 650. ISBN 0-07-138076-0.
  3. ^ "Acne Keloidalis Nuchae". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Pseudofolliculitis of the beard and Acne Keloidalis Nuchae (PDF). Technical Bulletin. TB 287. U.S. Army. Retrieved 19 August 2015.