Evidence-based (S3) guideline for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women and in men

Anja Blumeyer, Antonella Tosti, Andrew Messenger, Pascal Reygagne, Veronique Del Marmol, Phyllis I. Spuls, Myrto Trakatelli, Andreas Finner, Franklin Kiesewetter, Ralph Trüeb, Berthold Rzany, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi

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Androgenetic alopecia is the most common hair loss disorder, affecting both men and women. Initial signs of androgenetic alopecia usually develop during teenage years leading to progressive hair loss with a pattern distribution. Moreover, its frequency increases with age and affects up to 80 % Caucasian men and 42 % of women. Patients diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia may undergo significant impairment of quality of life. Despite the high prevalence and the variety of therapeutic options available, there have been no national or international evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men and women so far. Therefore, the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) initiated a project to develop an evidence-based S3 guideline for the treatment of andro-genetic alopecia. Based on a systematic literature research the efficacy of the currently available therapeutic options was assessed and therapeutic recommendations were passed in a consensus conference. The purpose of the guideline is to provide dermatologists as well as general practitioners with an evidence-based tool for choosing an efficacious and safe therapy for patients with androgenetic alopecia. copy; 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH, Berlin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1-S57
JournalJDDG - Journal of the German Society of Dermatology
Issue numberSUPPL. 6
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011


  • alopecia
  • androgenetic
  • Guideline
  • hair loss
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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