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Ann Dermatol. 2012 August; 24(3): 243–252.
Published online 2012 July 25. 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.

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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