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July 1976

Hair Loss After Therapy with Chorionic Gonadotropin

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Modesto, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(7):1035. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630310081032

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To the Editor.—  The communication in the July issue of the Archives (111:930, 1975) by Goette and Odom was of considerable interest.During the past two years I have seen at least four women treated in our community with a combination of daily injections of chorionic gonadotropin and a 400-calorie starvation diet. The sequence of events was analogous to that noted in the two patients reported in that no hair loss was experienced during the course of chorionic gonadotropin and diet therapy, but approximately four to six weeks after discontinuing the regimen, all of these women began to experience considerable shedding. At the time, each was actively losing hair and manually epilated hairs were predominantly of the telogen type. History for other potential causes of telogen effluvium was negative, and only one woman was taking an additional medication, an amphetamine preparation that has not been linked to hair loss. Each

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