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The investigation and management of hirsutism.
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PMID:  22787248     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Excess male-pattern body hair in women is a very common and psychologically damaging condition. Although its cause is usually a chronic and benign disorder (most commonly polycystic ovary syndrome) it may rarely be an indication of a more serious endocrine disease such as Cushing syndrome or an androgen-secreting tumour. Investigations do not usually need to be extensive, but effective management is important, irrespective of cause, for what can be a debilitating symptom. Specific treatment of any underlying disease is important but in most cases treatment is empirical; it may simply involve physical hair removal, ideally by electrolysis or laser treatment. However, endocrine therapy to suppress androgen production and/or action is desirable in many, if not most, cases.
Stephen Franks
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family planning and reproductive health care / Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1471-1893     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101087687     Medline TA:  J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  182-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology, Institute of Reproductive & Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, London, UK.
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