Arthritis drug helps bald man grow full head of hair - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Your Health

Arthritis drug helps bald man grow full head of hair

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Connecticut man, who was left completely hairless by a genetic condition, was able to grow a lustrous head of hair after taking a certain drug. 

Kyle Rhodes, of Killingworth, was bald. That is until he paid a visit to Dr. Brett King at the Yale School of Medicine last summer.

"Kyle was referred to me for the treatment of his psoriasis," King said. "When I met him I immediately realized that he had, also in addition to psoriasis, alopecia universalis."

Alopecia universalis is an autoimmune form of hair loss that affects all hair on a person's body right down to their eyelashes. There are about 6.5 million people here in the United States who have to live with it. 

At 2 years old, Kyle was diagnosed with alopecia areata and patches of his hair started falling out. By age 18, Rhodes had lost most of his hair.

"But at the time that I had met him," King said. "He was only growing hair in areas where he had psoriasis."

King put Rhodes on an FDA-approved drug Tofasitinb Citrate, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is another autoimmune disorder.

One month later, hair was coming out of every follicle in Rhodes' scalp.

"It was just, it was totally dramatic and amazing to see," King said.

King showed pictures of the progress to Eyewitness News.

"At his second-month visit he said, 'oh I have to start shaving again,'" King said. 

Eight months later, Rhodes had a full and lustrous head of hair.

"I've gotten a lot of comments about how my hair's coming in," Rhodes said. "I find myself a lot of times just playing with it."

Many around the world are calling this a breakthrough in medical history.

"Now we have a brand new tool, and that tool may permit us to very directly turn off this process," King said.

Just last week, the Yale Institutional Review Board gave Dr. King its stamp of approval for a "first-of-its-kind" clinical trial that's now underway.

"It's moving at light speed," King said.

King said he doesn't believe this drug will help treat male pattern hair loss, but added it's worth looking into.

Copyright 2014 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Texas school gunman: 'I'm going to kill you.' Then he fired

    Texas school gunman: 'I'm going to kill you.' Then he fired

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:34 AM EDT2018-05-20 11:34:03 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>
  • In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-05-19 05:10:39 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:05:44 GMT
    (Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...(Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    More >>

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    More >>
  • After The Royal Wedding: Get a look at what happened next

    After The Royal Wedding: Get a look at what happened next

    Saturday, May 19 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-05-19 21:15:53 GMT
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Kensington Palace)The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Kensington Palace)
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Kensington Palace)The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Kensington Palace)

    The world watched as American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Saturday.

    More >>

    The world watched as American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Saturday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly