Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Overgrowth of Hair Evaluation

The evaluation of hirsutism begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in a woman with hirsutism may include:

  • Excessive body hair growth:
    • Similar to a male
    • Hair growth on the face, chest, lower abdomen, lower back, and inner thighs.
  • Acne
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Enlarged clitoris on pelvic exam
  • Enlarged ovaries on pelvic exam
  • Tender ovaries on pelvic exam
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Tests are often necessary to determine the underlying cause of hirsutism.

Tests that may be used to evaluate hirsutism include:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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