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To the Editor.—
In view of the articles that have appeared about low iron levels in women with diffuse pattern alopecia (androgenetic alopecia) I thought you would be interested in publishing this letter in the Archives.In a series of 28 women with androgenetic alopecia ranging in age from 20 to post-menopausal, both the serum iron levels and the serum iron binding capacities were normal.It is to be doubted that changes in the hair follicle are related to lack of iron. Rather, androgenetic alopecia may be viewed as the normal response of hair follicle to time and normal hormones.
Auerbach R. LOW IRON LEVELS. Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(6):681. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610180125023