Brigham Eyebrow Tool for Alopecia: A Reliable Assessment of Eyebrow Alopecia Areata. The journal of investigative dermatology. Symposium proceedings Tkachenko, E., Huang, K. P., Ko, J. M., Liu, K. J., Scott, D. A., Senna, M. M., Li, S. J., Joyce, C. J., Mostaghimi, A. 2020; 20 (1): S41–S44


There are no tools to evaluate eyebrow involvement in patients with alopecia areata. We developed and assessed the reliability of the Brigham Eyebrow Tool for Alopecia (BETA) as a quantitative evaluation of eyebrow alopecia areata. BETA uses facial landmarks of eyebrow anatomy and is calculated using surface area and density. A total of 50 eyebrow images with varying levels of hair loss were distributed to six board-certified dermatologists at three academic medical centers with standardized instructions and examples. Interrater and intrarater reliability were calculated using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). BETA demonstrated high interrater (ICC= 0.88, confidence interval= 0.83-0.92 right eyebrow scores and ICC= 0.90, confidence interval= 0.85-0.94 left eyebrow scores) and intrarater (ICC= 0.90, confidence interval= 0.85-0.93 right eyebrow scores and ICC= 0.91, confidence interval= 0.87-0.94 left eyebrow scores) reliability. When measured in the same patient with varying degrees of hair loss over time, BETA demonstrated sensitivity to change. BETA is a simple and reliable objective assessment of eyebrow alopecia areata. BETA is easy-to-use and quick to calculate, making it feasible for a variety of clinical and research settings. Although developed for alopecia areata, we hope that BETA will be investigated in other etiologies of eyebrow alopecia to serve as a universal tool for monitoring disease progression, improvement, and response to treatment.

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