Initial Office Evaluation of Hair Loss in Adult Women

Darla A. Grimes, Olivia Blankenship, Christie Kremer, Sally Reese, Frances Sonstein

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Hair loss, or alopecia, occurs in up to 50% of people in their lifetime. Understanding the hair growth cycle is crucial to evaluating hair loss in women and helping them understand the expected course and treatment. Three categories of hair loss are discussed, with the most common presentations of each illustrated. Systemic disorders associated with hair loss and infectious processes and medications are also examined. Identifying and treating underlying medical conditions or removing trigger medications, trauma, or illness will reinstate hair growth without added intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-462
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Alopecia
  • Effluvium
  • Female
  • Hair loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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