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Evidence-based (S3) guideline for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women and in men.

TitleEvidence-based (S3) guideline for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women and in men.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBlumeyer, A., Tosti A., Messenger A., Reygagne P., Del Marmol V., Spuls P. I., Trakatelli M., Finner A., Kiesewetter F., Trüeb R., Rzany B., & Blume-Peytavi U.
Corporate AuthorsEuropean Dermatology Forum(EDF)
JournalJ Dtsch Dermatol Ges
Volume9 Suppl 6
Date Published2011 Oct
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Alopecia, Evidence-Based Medicine, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Young Adult

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common hair loss disorder, affecting both men and women. Initial signs of androgenetic alopecia usually develop during teenage years leading to progressive hair loss with a pattern distribution. Moreover, its frequency increases with age and affects up to 80 % Caucasian men and 42 % of women. Patients diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia may undergo significant impairment of quality of life. Despite the high prevalence and the variety of therapeutic options available, there have been no national or international evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men and women so far. Therefore, the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) initiated a project to develop an evidence-based S3 guideline for the treatment of andro-genetic alopecia. Based on a systematic literature research the efficacy of the currently available therapeutic options was assessed and therapeutic recommendations were passed in a consensus conference. The purpose of the guideline is to provide dermatologists as well as general practitioners with an evidence-based tool for choosing an efficacious and safe therapy for patients with androgenetic alopecia.

Alternate JournalJ Dtsch Dermatol Ges
PubMed ID21980982


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