Journal article

There is no clear association between low serum ferritin and chronic diffuse telogen hair loss

R Sinclair

British Journal of Dermatology | WILEY | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Low iron stores are considered a possible cause of chronic diffuse telogen hair loss in women. Estimation of serum ferritin is recommended as part of the initial assessment when women present with chronic diffuse telogen hair loss, and iron supplementation therapy is commonly recommended for those found to have low iron stores. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relationship between low serum ferritin ( 20 micro g L-1. Cessation or reversal of hair loss was not seen in any of these women. CONCLUSIONS: No direct relationship between low serum ferritin and hair loss can be established. The usefulness of serum ferritin in the routine investigation of women with chronic diffuse telogen hair..

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