Male Alopecia pp 223-237 | Cite as

Patient Expectation Management

  • Ralph M. Trüeb
  • Won-Soo Lee


Few dermatologic problems carry as much emotional overtones as the complaint of hair loss. Adding to some patient’s worry may be prior frustrating experiences with physicians, who tend to trivialize complaints of hair loss or dismiss them completely. This attitude on the part of physicians is related either to lack of comprehension of the impact of hair loss on quality of life or to lack of confidence in the treatment of alopecia.

Treatment options are available, though limited, both in terms of indications and of efficacy. Success depends not only on comprehension of the underlying pathology but also on unpatronizing sympathy from the part of the physician.


Erectile Dysfunction Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Hair Loss Alopecia Areata Dermatology Life Quality Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph M. Trüeb
    • 1
  • Won-Soo Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Dermatology and Hair DiseasesWallisellen-ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyYonsei University Wonju College of MedicineWonju Kangwon-DoKorea Republic of (South Korea)

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