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Hautarzt. 2013 Nov;64(11):820-9. doi: 10.1007/s00105-013-2579-0.

[Androgenetic alopecia. Diagnosis and therapy- a current review].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, Clinical Research Center for Hair and Skin Science, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, 10117, Berlin, Deutschland,


Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is among the most frequent diagnoses in a hair clinic. Multiple studies prove that life quality is significantly impaired in affected individuals, independent of severity, age or gender. A thorough and standardized diagnostic approach to AGA in women, men and children is an essential step in developing a successful therapeutic concept. Treatment options range from topical and systemic medications to cosmetic products, nutricosmetics, hair transplantation and other aesthetic-corrective approaches. The physician and patient must decide together on the best suited individualized therapy, considering the expected results, practicality and compliance. Further interdisciplinary evaluation must be decided individually, as must the development of coping strategies and the decision to employ psychological support. A professional atmosphere and sensitive approach to an emotionally difficult situation help develop a trusting relationship between patient and physician, which in turn leads to greater satisfaction and compliance. The S1 guidelines for diagnosis and the S3 guidelines for treatment of AGA offer the treating physician important tools for the successful evidence-based management of patients.

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