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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 191-196

Hair aging and hair disorders in elderly patients

1 Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Section of Dermatology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
2 Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Section of Dermatology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy; Department of Dermatology, University Hospital “Dr. José Eleuterio González”, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico

Correspondence Address:
Sonia Sofía Ocampo-Garza
Autonomous University of Nuevo León, University Hospital Dr. José Eleuterio González, Dermatology Department, Monterrey, Nuevo León

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DOI: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_90_21

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Hair loss in elderly patients is a common complaint. It can be related to different conditions that affect patients' quality of life and represents a challenge for dermatologists. It affects both men and women during the aging process with an estimated percentage of balding after 65 years of age of 53% and 37%, respectively. Androgenetic alopecia, frontal fibrosing alopecia, senile alopecia, and erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp are the hair diseases most frequently described in this age group. The objective of this review is to summarize the current knowledge about alopecia affecting elderly patients, differentiating between chronological hair aging signs and pathological changes, to help clinicians, offer an adequate management of these disorders to their patients.

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