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Types and Treatment of Hair Loss in Men and Women

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000300
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General Purpose: To provide information about four common hair loss disorders and management of these conditions in men and women.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes: After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  1. Identify four common hair loss disorders that occur in both men and women.
  2. Specify diagnostic criteria for determining hair loss types and management practices for each.
  1. All cases of hair loss can be classified by
    1. patient sex and age.
    2. ethnicity and sex.
    3. cause and presentation.
  2. Malkud (2015) wrote that, due to the overlap of causes and symptoms of hair loss, there is a need for
    1. a clear differential diagnosis.
    2. standardized treatment.
    3. improved classification.
  3. Androgenetic alopecia is most likely to occur in
    1. adolescent females.
    2. postmenopausal women.
    3. men aged 50–60 years.
  4. For men with androgenetic alopecia, where does hair loss typically start?
    1. in scattered patches
    2. along the bitemporal hairline
    3. at the occipital area
  5. In which hair loss disorder is hair that is lost replaced with hair resembling vellus hair?
    1. alopecia areata
    2. telogen effluvium
    3. androgenetic alopecia
  6. Telogen effluvium generally occurs how long after a triggering event?
    1. 3 months
    2. 6 months
    3. 12 months
  7. How long does hair loss from telogen effluvium usually last before regrowth begins?
    1. 3 months
    2. 6 months
    3. 12 months
  8. What type of diet is a known trigger for telogen effluvium?
    1. high fat
    2. iron rich
    3. low protein
  9. A patient with alopecia areata presents with
    1. nonscarring hair loss.
    2. scarring hair loss.
    3. diffuse hair loss to almost complete baldness.
  10. Incidence of alopecia areata is generally higher in women with a peak occurrence between the ages of
    1. 50 and 60 years.
    2. 30 and 40 years.
    3. 10 and 20 years.
  11. In which ethnic group of women is scarring alopecia more commonly seen?
    1. Asian
    2. European-Caucasian
    3. African American
  12. Secondary scarring alopecia can result from
    1. scleroderma.
    2. dissecting folliculitis.
    3. β-blockers.
  13. Which type of alopecia is seen predominantly in Afro-Caribbean women?
    1. primary scarring alopecia
    2. central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia
    3. secondary scarring alopecia
  14. Which hair loss disorder has a histopathology typically appearing as a “swarm of bees”?
    1. telogen effluvium
    2. scarring alopecia
    3. alopecia areata
  15. In which cases of hair loss should psychological exploration and management be incorporated?
    1. only in cases requested by the patient
    2. scarring types of hair loss only
    3. all cases of hair loss
  16. Women with which type of alopecia scored higher on the Dermatology Life Quality Index, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and UCLA Loneliness Scale?
    1. telogen effluvium
    2. scarring alopecia
    3. alopecia areata

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