Female Pattern Hair Loss

  • Elise A. Olsen


• Decrease in hair density in the central (vertex, mid and frontal) scalp, bitemporal and parietal regions in women.

• Miniaturization of affected hairs.

• Two ages of onset: early (post-puberty to third decade) and late (age 40+ years).

• Signs of hyperandrogenism (hirsutism, irregular periods) or hyperandrogenemia occur in a subset of women with female pattern hair loss (FPHL) but most women with FPHL have neither.

• Many, but not all, affected women respond to antiandrogens or 5α-reductase inhibitors with increased hair growth indicating an androgen etiology in at least some cases of FPHL.


Hair Loss Hair Growth Cyproterone Acetate Androgenetic Alopecia Terminal Hair 
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  • Elise A. Olsen
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  1. 1.Division Dermatology and OncologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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