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Summary of an article exploring skin disorders in African-Americans

Author, yearNObjectiveResultsConclusionsLevel of evidence
Miteva et al, 20125760To perform a retrospective review of 60 scalp biopsies from African-American patientsFeatures characteristic of the African-American scalp include: golf club-shaped bulb, elliptical shape of the hair shaft, asymmetrical outer root sheath and paired grouping of hair folliclesThe clues reported here aim to help the dermatopathologists to recognise at a glance that they are dealing with a scalp biopsy from an African-American patient; make the most probable diagnosis by connecting the clues; and understand the morphological basis for the susceptibility of the African hair to damageIV