Mary Gail Mercurio

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Acquired Hypertrichosis (Hypertrichosis)

Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? Hypertrichosis is defined as an excessive amount of hair growth on any area of the body. The hair may be lanugo (fine hair that covers the fetus and is usually shed in utero or first few weeks of life), vellus, or terminal. There are many causes of hypertrichosis and…


Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? Hirsutism should be suspected when there is an excessive amount of terminal hair growth on a woman’s body. This hair growth occurs in androgen-sensitive sites, the most common of which are the chin sideburns, above the upper lip, and chest (Figure 1). Characteristic findings on physical examination The diagnosis…

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