Comparison of truncal hair distribution in alcoholic liver disease and alcohol-related chronic pancreatitis

J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2001 Aug;16(8):855-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1746.2001.02528.x.


The present study shows that scanty hair distribution over the trunk is a specific finding in patients with alcoholic liver disease (ALD), and is not seen in alcoholic pancreatitis. This observation not only provides a useful clinical marker of individuals at increased risk of developing alcohol-related liver disease, but from the pathogenetic viewpoint, it suggests that at the tissue level, the male sex hormones protect the liver against ethanol-related damage.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Hair* / growth & development
  • Humans
  • Liver Diseases, Alcoholic / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Pancreatitis, Alcoholic / physiopathology*
  • Receptors, Androgen / metabolism


  • Receptors, Androgen