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Iron Plays a Certain Role in Patterned Hair Loss

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Authors
Park, Song Youn; Na, Se Young; Kim, Jun Hwan; Cho, Soyun; Lee, Jong Hee
Issue Date
2013-06
Publisher
Korean Academy of Medical Sciences
Citation
Journal of Korean Medical Science, Vol.28 No.6, pp. 934-938
Keywords
복합학FerritinIron DeficiencyAlopecia
Abstract
Role of iron in hair loss is not clear yet. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between iron and hair loss. Retrospective chart review was conducted on patients with female pattern hair loss (FPHL) and male pattern hair loss (MPHL). All patients underwent screening including serum ferritin, iron, and total iron binding capacity (TIBC), CBC, ESR and thyroid function test. For normal healthy controls, age-sex matched subjects who had visited the hospital for a check-up with no serious disease were selected. A total 210 patients with FPHL (n = 113) and MPHL (n = 97) with 210 healthy controls were analyzed. Serum ferritin concentration (FC) was lower in patients with FPHL (49.27 +/- 55.8 mu g/L), compared with normal healthy women (77.89 +/- 48.32 mu g/L) (P < 0.001). Premenopausal FPHL patients turned out to show much lower serum ferritin than age/sex-matched controls (P < 0.001). Among MPHL patients, 22.7% of them showed serum FC lower than 70 mu g/L, while no one had serum FC lower 70 mu g/L in healthy age matched males. These results suggest that iron may play a certain role especially in premenopausal FPHL. The initial screening of iron status could be of help for hair loss patients.
ISSN
1011-8934
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/92480
DOI
https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2013.28.6.934
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