Local hirsutism at the periphery of burned skin

R. Shafir*, H. Tsur

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Hirsutism is considered to be caused either by the over production of androgens, or by hypersensitivity of the target organ, the hair follicle, to the androgen. In cases of localised hirsutism it is possible that the latter is the most likely explanation. Occasionally local hirsutism occurs after prolonged local irritation, as in the application of casts for fractures of the limbs, injuries, chronic scratching, or biting of one area. Some authors have tried to explain hirsutism in these cases on the basis of increased blood supply due to the irritation (Ressmann and Butterworth, 1952; Crownse, 1977). This might possibly explain hirsutism in an area surrounding a burn in the process of healing as in the following case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1979


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