Hirsutism and virilization: A systematic approach to benign and potentially serious causes

P. B. Marshburn, B. R. Carr

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A woman with excessive body hair may visit a physician with concerns about fertility and general health as well as appearance. Fortunately, the cause is usually benign, most often polycystic ovarian syndrome. However, life- threatening causes must be quickly ruled out. Hirsutism secondary to endocrinopathies and tumors can typically be recognized by the rapid progression of hair growth; patients should be referred for prompt evaluation and treatment. Benign causes can usually be treated effectively with medical and mechanical methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalPostgraduate Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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