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Androgenetic alopecia treated with topical minoxidil.

Authors
  • De Villez, R L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1987
Volume
16
Issue
3 Pt 2
Pages
669–672
Identifiers
PMID: 3549800
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A randomized double-blind trial of topical minoxidil was carried out during a 12-month period in 56 patients with male pattern baldness. Subjects were randomly assigned to treatment with either 2% minoxidil solution, 3% minoxidil solution, or placebo. The placebo group was switched to 3% minoxidil after the first 4 months. Subjects using the 2% and 3% solutions of minoxidil showed a significant change in terminal and indeterminate hair counts (p less than 0.05) from the placebo group at 4 months. A progressive decrease in vellus hair counts with a concomitant increase in both indeterminate and terminal hair counts was noted during the 12-month period, suggesting that minoxidil applied topically partially reverses the balding phenomenon.

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