BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-220679
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Androgenic alopecia: an entity to consider in adolescence

  1. Nelson Pereira2
  1. 1Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  2. 2Family Physicians, USF Ponte, Guimarães, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marlene Rodrigues, rodrigues.f.marlene{at}
  • Accepted 4 July 2017
  • Published 27 July 2017


A 15-year-old healthy adolescent girl went to her physician consultation because she was preoccupied with progressive thinning of her hair since 11 years old. In the last year, she noticed an aggravation, with an excessive hair loss. She does not have hirsutism, acne, asthenia, menstrual irregularities or weight variations. In her family history, she reported that her mother had ‘excessive hair loss after pregnancy’ and her maternal aunt has alopecia of unknown aetiology. At physical examination it was observed diffuse reduction of capillary thickness and density at the frontal scalp area (figure 1) and …

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