J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Feb;48(2):161-79; quiz 180-1. doi: 10.1067/mjd.2003.100.


Hypertrichosis is hair growth that is abnormal for the age, sex, or race of an individual, or for a particular area of the body. Recognized forms of hypertrichosis are reviewed. Hirsutism, which is male-pattern hair growth in a female or child, is not included in this review. Hypertrichosis is categorized as congenital or acquired, and regional or generalized. Methods of managing hypertrichosis are also briefly reviewed

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Hypertrichosis / congenital
  • Hypertrichosis / etiology*
  • Hypertrichosis / physiopathology
  • Hypertrichosis / therapy
  • Syndrome