Causes of Hirsutism Mnemonic

Hirsutism is a pattern of excess terminal hair growth (dark, coarse hair) in the classic androgen-dependent areas (chin, upper lip, upper abdomen, chest, and back) in a woman.

Hypertrichosis, on the other hand, is the proliferation of light, unpigmented hair in non-androgen-dependent (non-sexual) areas. Hypothyroidism and medications like phenytoin and minoxidil can cause generalized hair growth (hypertrichosis).

mnemonic for hirsutism


A simple mnemonic for recalling the endocrine causes of hirsutism during your examination (multiple choice questions or OSCE’s) is “HAIR On Chest”

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