Tim Aung

Star Medical Centre Woodridge, Australia

Title: Primary cutaneous amyloidosis: A review of the available studies and gaps in data


Moth-eaten alopecia (MEA) is an intermittently encountered hair-loss condition in the clinical practice. More than a couple of publications are suggesting this pattern as a “pathognomonic” manifestation of syphilis infection or syphilitic alopecia (SA). Those conclusions based on single or mini-series case report type are carried on subsequent publications. We presented here two cases of morphologically moth-eaten pattern of alopecia in a 10-year-old and 40-year-old males. None of both cases revealed syphilitic infection from clinical history and laboratory tests. Please see following presentation with case history, images and brief literature review. In conclusion, MEA may be commonly associated with SA but a “pathognomonic” statement for SA seems to be lacking solid evidence.   


Tim Aung (FRACGP, FRNZCGP, Dip in Gen Dermatology and Skin cancer surgery) is a primary care practitioner (general practitioner) with special interest in Dermatology with hairs disorders. He is currently working in a general practice of Queensland, and also serving as a Snr Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Australia. Tim has accomplished more than 20 publications and peer-reviewed more than 40 articles nationally and internationally