Hair Disorders

Aug 1, 2019 Issue
Hirsutism in Women [Article]

Hirsutism is often a sign of excessive androgen levels. Find out which women should be treated, which pharmacologic options are preferred, and when a serious cause should be suspected.

Sep 15, 2017 Issue
Hair Loss: Common Causes and Treatment [Article]

Find out which patients may require treatment, which conditions are self-limiting, and when to refer patients to a dermatologist.

Feb 1, 2017 Issue
Progressive Hair Loss [Photo Quiz]

A man presents with progressive hair loss. Physical examination reveals no hair anywhere on his body, and his fingernail plates are rough with longitudinal ridging.

Jun 1, 2014 Issue
High-Potency Topical Corticosteroids Effective for Alopecia Areata in Children [POEMs]

Clobetasol propionate, 0.05%, applied in a thin layer for six weeks on, six weeks off, is a highly effective and safe treatment for alopecia areata in children; hydrocortisone, 1%, is not.

Apr 1, 2014 Issue
Bald Patch in the Beard [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Feb 15, 2012 Issue
Hirsutism in Women [Article]

Hirsutism is excess terminal hair that commonly appears in a male pattern in women. Although hirsutism is generally associated with hyperandrogenemia, one-half of women with mild symptoms have normal androgen levels. The most common cause of hirsutism is polycystic ovary syndrome, accounting for thr...

Aug 15, 2009 Issue
Diagnosing and Treating Hair Loss [Article]

Physicians should be careful not to underestimate the emotional impact of hair loss for some patients. Patients may present with focal patches of hair loss or more diffuse hair loss, which may include predominant hair thinning or increased hair shedding. Focal hair loss can be further broken down in...

Jul 1, 2003 Issue
Common Hair Loss Disorders [Article]

Hair loss (alopecia) affects men and women of all ages and often significantly affects social and psychologic well-being. Although alopecia has several causes, a careful history, dose attention to the appearance of the hair loss, and a few simple studies can quickly narrow the potential diagnoses. A...

Jun 15, 2003 Issue
Evaluation and Treatment of Women with Hirsutism [Article]

Hirsutism is a common disorder, often resulting from conditions that are not life-threatening. It may signal more serious clinical pathology, and clinical evaluation should differentiate benign causes from tumors or other conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, late-onset adrenal hyperplasia, ...

Mar 1, 2003 Issue
Alopecia in Women [Article]

Alopecia can be divided into disorders in which the hair follicle is normal but the cycling of hair growth is abnormal and disorders in which the hair follicle is damaged. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women. Other disorders include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium...

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