Androgenetic Alopecia

In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan.


Pattern or androgenetic alopecia is a genetically predetermined disorder due to excessive response to androgens, impacting approximately 50% of males and females. This condition is characterized by progressive loss of terminal hair of the scalp, typically occurring following puberty, with a distinctive pattern in both males and females. In males, hair loss is most prominent in the vertex and frontotemporal regions, whereas females tend to retain their frontal hairline while experiencing diffuse apical hair thinning, causing a broader appearance of the anterior part of the hair.

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