00:00 / 00:00
Ok, now excess hair growth can be quantified using the Ferriman-Gallwey score. This score requires assessing the amount of hair present in nine body areas: the upper lip, chin, chest, upper and lower back, upper and lower abdomen, upper arms, and thighs.
Ethnicity must be taken into account when interpreting the score, as the normal amount of body hair can vary between ethnic groups.
For females of Asian descent, who have naturally sparse body hair, a score greater than 2 is sufficient to establish the presence of hirsutism, whereas for females of Mediterranean, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern descent, who naturally have more body hair, only a score higher than 10 is considered abnormal.
Given this variation, the most important consideration is not necessarily the amount of body hair a female has, but rather if the pattern of hair growth has changed, or the rate of growth has increased.
Copyright © 2023 Elsevier, its licensors, and contributors. All rights are reserved, including those for text and data mining, AI training, and similar technologies.
Cookies are used by this site.
USMLE® is a joint program of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). COMLEX-USA® is a registered trademark of The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Inc. NCLEX-RN® is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. Test names and other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark holders. None of the trademark holders are endorsed by nor affiliated with Osmosis or this website.