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Hirsutism is the excessive hairiness on women in those parts of the body where terminal hair normally is absent or minimal, such as a beard or chest hair. It refers to a male pattern of body hair (androgenic hair) and it is therefore primarily of cosmetic and psychological concern. Akin to the modern day hypertrichosis (werewolf syndrome) or the historical figure wild man. Hirsutism is a medical sign rather than a disease and may be a sign of a more serious medical condition, especially if it develops well after puberty. The amount and location of the hair is measured by a Ferriman-Gallwey score.


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Basic information:

http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/hirsutism-hair-women web md hirsutism

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hirsutism/basics/definition/con-20028919 mayo clinic hirsutism

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism/pages/introduction.aspx nhs uk hirsutism

http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/hirsutism dermnet nz hirsutism

http://obgyn.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=385&fr=true ucla health hirsutism

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/hirsutism university of maryland medical center hirsutism

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/hirsutism.html family doctor hirsutism

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/hair-disorders/hirsutism merck manuals (professional version) hirsutism

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_hirsutism cleveland clinic hirsutism

http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/skininformation/atozofskindisease/hirsutism.aspx british skin foundation hirsutism

http://www.aocd.org/?page=hirsutism american osteopathic college of dermatology hirsutism

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/h/hairy-body-or-face/causes-of-hirsutism.html health service executive hairy body or face

http://lifeinthefastlane.com/resources/hirsutism-ddx/ life in the fast lane hirsutism


Advanced information:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/121038-treatment medscape hirsutism treatment & management

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/121038-overview medscape hirsutism

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182659.php medical news today what is hirsutism?

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/hirsutism-excess-hair-growth-in-women-beyond-the-basics upto date patient information: hirsutism (excess hair growth in women) (beyond the basics)

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p373.html hirsutism in women by david bode, cpt, mc, usa, brooke army medical center, fort sam houston, texas et al., am fam physician. 2012 feb 15;85(4):373-380.

http://patient.info/in/doctor/hirsutism-and-virilism patient hirsutism and virilism

http://www.socrei.org/uploadedfiles/asrm_content/resources/patient_resources/fact_sheets_and_info_booklets/hirsutismpcos.pdfhirsutism and polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)

http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/endocrinology/hirsutism/ cleveland clinic hirsutism

http://www.csh.org.tw/dr.tcj/educartion/f/web/hirsutism/index.htm hirsutism

https://pedclerk.bsd.uchicago.edu/page/hirsutism the university of chicago hirsutism

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/572621 medscape hirsutism

http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/h/hirsutism/intro.htm right diagnosis hirsutism



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Other articles:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/endocrine_system/the_pituitary_gland/hirsutism_associated_with_adenomas_of_the_pars_intermedia.htmlthe merck veterinary manual hirsutism associated with adenomas of the pars intermedia


Other helpful resources(support groups):

http://www.pcosfoundation.org/about-pcos/38-pcos-risks/86-hirsutism pcos foundation


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Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/tackling-the-problem-of-female-hirsutism/2015/04/08/article2752485.ece new indian express tackling the problem of female hirsutism

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