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Cleve Clin J Med. 2009 Jun;76(6):361-7. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.76a.08080.

Diffuse hair loss: its triggers and management.

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Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.

Abstract

Diffuse hair loss can affect both sexes at any age. Anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include a wide variety of physiologic or emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, and endocrine imbalances. Loss of telogen-phase hairs is the most common. Hair loss during the anagen phase is usually caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Finding the cause, or trigger, of the hair loss requires a thorough history and examination and will enable appropriate treatment. Patient education is key in the management of diffuse hair loss.

PMID:
19487557
DOI:
10.3949/ccjm.76a.08080
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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