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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1988 May;18(5 Pt 1):1073-7.

Patterned androgenic alopecia in women.

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Department of Dermatology, Slade Hospital, Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom.


Recession of the frontal and frontoparietal hair line in women has been regarded as a marker for pathologic virilization. In a clinical survey of 564 normal women in the population, frontal and frontoparietal recessions were found in 13% of premenopausal and in 37% of postmenopausal women. Patterned hair loss in women is commoner than hitherto described, particularly after the menopause. In the absence of other signs of virilization, "male-pattern" hair loss would therefore appear to be a poor indicator of gross abnormality of androgen metabolism.

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