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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2016 Jan-Mar;9(1):3-12. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.178536.

Classifications of Patterned Hair Loss: A Review.

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1
Sudhaa Skin Centre, Treatwell Clinic, Canal Road, Sidhra, Jammu, India.
2
Venkat Charamalaya - Centre for Advanced Dermatology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

Patterned hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss seen in both the sexes after puberty. Numerous classification systems have been proposed by various researchers for grading purposes. These systems vary from the simpler systems based on recession of the hairline to the more advanced multifactorial systems based on the morphological and dynamic parameters that affect the scalp and the hair itself. Most of these preexisting systems have certain limitations. Currently, the Hamilton-Norwood classification system for males and the Ludwig system for females are most commonly used to describe patterns of hair loss. In this article, we review the various classification systems for patterned hair loss in both the sexes. Relevant articles were identified through searches of MEDLINE and EMBASE. Search terms included but were not limited to androgenic alopecia classification, patterned hair loss classification, male pattern baldness classification, and female pattern hair loss classification. Further publications were identified from the reference lists of the reviewed articles.

KEYWORDS:

Androgenic alopecia; classification; patterned hair loss

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