Chronic Telogen Effluvium

    October 1996 in “ Dermatologic Clinics
    David Whiting
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    TLDR Chronic Telogen Effluvium is a hair loss condition in middle-aged women that usually doesn't lead to complete baldness.
    The 1996 document describes Chronic Telogen Effluvium (CTE) as a condition causing diffuse hair loss, mainly in middle-aged women, characterized by sudden, prolonged shedding without leading to severe baldness. The etiology is often unclear, though it can be associated with various triggers such as stress, hormonal changes, or nutritional deficiencies. CTE is sometimes confused with female androgenetic alopecia but differs in clinical and histological presentation. Diagnosis may involve scalp biopsies showing an increased number of telogen hairs. Treatment includes addressing any underlying causes, but the condition often persists or fluctuates over time. The document highlights that CTE typically does not result in complete baldness, and new hair growth continues, suggesting a low risk of permanent severe baldness. Reassurance and support are key, with treatments like topical minoxidil being experimental.
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