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September 1999

Chronic Telogen Effluvium: Incidence, Clinical and Biochemical Features, and Treatment

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(9):1123-1124. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-9-dlt0999

Little has been written about telogen effluvium since the first description by Kligman1 in 1961, especially about the idiopathic and acute forms as a consequence of certain drug treatments, delivery, and other chronic or acute febrile diseases. In 1996, Whiting2 published an excellent article about chronic telogen effluvium. The term refers to a diffuse hair loss that includes the occipital area and persists for more than 8 months without any change. It appears that some dermatologists have not read this article in depth; in our trichological unit we still receive patients with this diagnosis who have been told by their physicians that there is no effective treatment for chronic telogen effluvium.