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May 1976

Telogen Effluvium Secondary to Starvation Diet-Reply

Author Affiliations

USA;USA Presidio of San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(5):731. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630290073023

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—Dr Kaufman's case contribution to the subject of "crash dieter's hair loss" is appreciated. His patient is particularly interesting in that she had two weight reduction episodes followed by two periods of hair loss. Meanwhile, we have seen a total of four such cases and have heard of two additional ones. It appears that crash dieting followed by a substantial weight loss may well be a cause for precipitation of a telogen effluvium.

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