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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 896-898

Evaluation of only the chin or lower abdomen for predicting hirsutism


1 Diabetes Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
2 Shafa Medical Clinic, Kerman, Iran
3 Department of Internal Medicine School of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Homeira Rashidi
Diabetes Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz 61357-15794
Iran
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Source of Support: Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.117239

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Background: Hirsutism is defined as the growth of terminal hair in a male pattern in women; it affects 5-15% of women. Objective: The aim of this study is evaluation of only the chin or lower abdomen for predicting hirsutism. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional diagnostic study, we randomly selected 695 women aged 15-45 years. The examiners scored the subjects on a scale of 0 - 4 for terminal hair growth on nine different body areas according to the Ferriman-Gallwey (FG) scoring system in a form given to the examiners before the examination. An FG score of 8 or more was considered diagnostic of hirsutism. If the sum of the FG scores for the chin or lower abdomen was 2 or more, the test result was assumed to be positive. Statistical analysis was performed using the MacNemar test, and a P value of less than 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. Results: The age group with the highest prevalence rate was 21-25 years. From the 695 subjects examined, 81 subjects (11.7%) had an FG score of 8 or more with a resultant prevalence rate of 11.7% for hirsutism. In our study population, 39% of the patients had an FG score of 2 or more for the chin or lower abdomen, and 61% of the patients had an FG score of less than 2 for the chin or lower abdomen. Conclusion: Evaluating terminal hair growth on the chin or lower abdomen for predicting hirsutism seems to be an acceptable screening method.


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