Androgenetic alopecia as an early marker of benign prostatic hyperplasia

    Salvador Arias-Santiago, Miguel Angel Arrabal-Polo, Agustín Buendía-Eisman, Miguel Arrabal-Martin, María Teresa Gutiérrez-Salmerón, María Sierra Girón-Prieto, Antonio Jiménez-Pacheco, Jaime Eduardo Calonje, Ramón Naranjo-Sintes, Armando Zuluaga-Gomez, Salvio Serrano Ortega
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    TLDR Early hair loss may indicate prostate issues.
    This study found that early-onset androgenetic alopecia (AGA) may be an early marker of urinary/prostatic symptomatology. Patients with AGA had a larger prostate, lower urinary flow value, and higher International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) in comparison with individuals without AGA. AGA was found to be an independent risk factor for a prostate volume greater than 30 mL, urinary flow less than 15 mL/s, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The study suggests that dermatologists and primary care physicians should monitor patients with early-onset AGA for the development of urinary symptoms to permit an earlier diagnosis.
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