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International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 7 N1

Hirsutism – Investigations, diagnosis and treatment

Hirsutism is the term used for excessive terminal hair of male pattern distribution seen in women. Hirsutism is different from hypertrichosis which is a generalised excessive hair growth of non sexual distribution. Studies on hirsutism and scoring systems have shown that about 5 percent of women of reproductive age group have hirsutism. There are ethnic differences in normal hair distribution. It is rare for women with mild hirsutism and regular periods to have a serious medical problem but on the other hand rapidly progressive or new onset hirsutism especially if associated with virilising features may point towards a more serious diagnosis.

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  • Authors: Dr Simon Page and Dr N Hewapathirana
  • Keywords: Hirsutism; Androgens; Ferriman-Gallwey Score; Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); Rotterdam diagnostic Criteria; congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH): virilising tumours; DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate),UFC (Urinary free cortisol); ONDST (Overnight dexamethasone suppression test)
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