Hair loss in your female patient

Date Published: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

In this episode, Paul Jarrett focuses on hair loss in the female patient- the causes, how to make a diagnosis and the management.



00:01 Introduction
00:33 Case
01:11 History taking
03:06 We examine her hair- what are we looking for?
05:09 What other body systems do we need to examine?
06:45 Differential diagnosis, what should this include?
08:04 Investigation, do we need to order bloods?
08:47 How common is Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)?
09:17 What is the pathophysiology?
10:00 How do we manage this condition? What is the treatment?
11:23 Management in general practice
12:08 What is the outlook for these women?
12:39 take-home messages


Take-home messages

  • Women know when they are losing their own hair.
  • Take a careful history and examination.
  • Do a routine set of tests.
  • Manage expectations and time periods.
  • The first choice is topical minoxidil.



Paul Jarrett

Paul is a Dermatologist at Middlemore Hospital, Counties Manukau District Health Board and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine, The University of Auckland. He trained in Hamilton, Auckland, and in the UK where he undertook a fellowship year at the University of Glasgow. He completed his MD through The University of Auckland, and his interest is medical dermatology.

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