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Ann Dermatol. Aug 2012; 24(3): 243–252.
Published online Jul 25, 2012. doi:  10.5021/ad.2012.24.3.243
PMCID: PMC3412231
Characteristics of Androgenetic Alopecia in Asian
Won-Soo Lee, M.D., Ph.D.corresponding author and Hae-Jin Lee, M.D.
Department of Dermatology and Institute of Hair and Cosmetic Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Corresponding author: Won-Soo Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Dermatology and Institute of Hair and Cosmetic Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju 220-701, Korea. Tel: 82-33-741-0622, Fax: 82-33-748-2650, leewonsoo/at/yonsei.ac.kr
Abstract
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), or pattern hair loss, is a common disorder in Asian men and women, with a reported incidence of up to 73% among general population. There are several descriptions regarding the characteristics of AGA in patients of European descent. Asian patients with AGA have different types of hair loss and family histories from Europeans, which may affect treatment response. Therefore, in this review, prevalence, hair loss patterns, familial factors, androgen receptor gene polymorphisms of Asian AGA patients, and management based on algorithmic guidelines for AGA are discussed. This review may be useful for dermatologists in clinical practice for diagnosing and designing management approaches for Asian patients with AGA.
Keywords: Androgenetic alopecia, Asians
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