Hirsutism

R. S. Rittmaster, Donald (Lynn) Loriaux

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Abstract

Excess body hair , or hirsutism, is usually only a problem in women and can cause considerable psychological distress. The disorder is usually androgen mediated. Because androgens come only from the adrenal glands or gonads or by conversion in peripheral tissues of precursor steroids from these organs, the causes of hirsutism are found in these two organs. Adrenal causes include Cushing's disease adrenal tumors, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Ovarian causes include tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and most cases of idiopathic hirsutism. The clinical evaluation is designed to differentiate between these diagnostic possibilities. When an underlying abnormality can be identified, such as an ovarian tumor, the treatment course is clear. When the diagnosis is idiopathic hirsutism, however, the best treatment is uncertain and several available regimens are possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume106
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Hirsutism
Androgens
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion
Glandular and Epithelial Neoplasms
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Gonads
Adrenal Glands
Hair
Neoplasms
Steroids
Psychology
Therapeutics

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Rittmaster, R. S., & Loriaux, D. L. (1987). Hirsutism. Annals of Internal Medicine, 106(1), 95-107.

Hirsutism. / Rittmaster, R. S.; Loriaux, Donald (Lynn).

In: Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 106, No. 1, 1987, p. 95-107.

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Rittmaster, RS & Loriaux, DL 1987, 'Hirsutism', Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 106, no. 1, pp. 95-107.
Rittmaster RS, Loriaux DL. Hirsutism. Annals of Internal Medicine. 1987;106(1):95-107.
Rittmaster, R. S. ; Loriaux, Donald (Lynn). / Hirsutism. In: Annals of Internal Medicine. 1987 ; Vol. 106, No. 1. pp. 95-107.
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