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Telogen Effluvium

Reviewed 06/2020
 


BASICS

Acute, self-limited diffuse hair loss or hair thinning 

DESCRIPTION

Telogen effluvium (TE) is a transient condition in which there is a premature conversion of a significant proportion of anagen ...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Commonly, an inciting event 2 to 6 months previous to noted hair loss

  • Fear of becoming bald

  • Patients often present with evidence of hair loss with collections of hair or photographs

PHYSICAL EXAM

TREATMENT

TE is a benign, self-limited process. Identify and correct underlying cause. Patient should be reassured that hair growth will resume in 3–6 months, with full growth to return in 12–18 month...

REFERENCES

1
Grover C, Khurana A. Telogen effluvium. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol.  2013;79(5):591–603.
2
Peters EMJ, Liotiri S, Bodó E, et al. Probing the effects of stress mediators on the hu...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Headington JT. Telogen effluvium. New concepts and review. Arch Dermatol.  1993;129(3):356–563.

  • Mounsey AL, Reed SW. Diagnosing and treating hair loss. Am Fam Physician.  2...

CODES

ICD10

L65.0 Telogen effluvium 

ICD9

704.02 Telogen effluvium 

SNOMED

  • 39479004 Telogen effluvium (disorder)

  • 403328001 Chronic telogen effluvium (disorder)

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • TE is a self-limited form of nonscarring alopecia, most often acute.

  • TE is due to a premature conversion of a significant proportion of anagen (growth phase) hairs into telogen (resting...

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