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An Afghan child displaying hair loss due to severe malnutrition. The 18-month old girl weighed approximately 14 pounds when she was presented to doctors.

Telogen effluvium is characterized by massive hair loss as a result of early entry of hairs into the telogen phase.[1][2] Emotional or physiological stressful events may result in an alteration of the normal hair cycle.It may be due to a variety of causes, eating disorders, fever, childbirth, chronic illness, major surgery, anemia, severe emotional disorders, crash diets, hypothyroidism, and drugs.[1][3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Marks, James G; Miller, Jeffery (2006). Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology (4th ed.). Elsevier Inc. Page 263. ISBN 1-4160-3185-5.
  2. ^ James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.). Saunders. ISBN 0721629210.
  3. ^ Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0071380760.


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