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What causes hair growth on back and parts of tummy?

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Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Question: I have very thin hair on my back and parts of my tummy for quite a while now. I can pluck them with my finger without feeling any pain and it grows back again. I would like to know if it is hormonal and permanent. It's very embarassing as a girl to have hair showing.
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (55 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Hair growth

Detailed Answer:
I understand what you are saying.

The medical term for this is Hirsutism. It occurs in variable extent ie it can be mild in some, moderate in others and severe in few women.

When I see a young woman like you in my practice who presents with complaints of excess hair growth in male pattern, I order the following tests in addition to a thorough physical examination:

CBC
Liver function tests
Electrolytes
Kidney function tests
TSH
Free T4
Prolactin
Total Testosterone
SHBG
DHEAS
Androstenedione
17 hydroxy progesterone
IGF1
Midnight Salivary cortisol

All of these are blood tests except one which is a saliva test.

These tests are important to rule out medical problems that can cause this condition.

Depending on the results of these tests one can arrive at the possible diagnosis. Treatment can be planned accordingly.

You will be best served by seeing an Endocrinologist in person.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes hair growth on back and parts of tummy?

Brief Answer: Hair growth Detailed Answer: I understand what you are saying. The medical term for this is Hirsutism. It occurs in variable extent ie it can be mild in some, moderate in others and severe in few women. When I see a young woman like you in my practice who presents with complaints of excess hair growth in male pattern, I order the following tests in addition to a thorough physical examination: CBC Liver function tests Electrolytes Kidney function tests TSH Free T4 Prolactin Total Testosterone SHBG DHEAS Androstenedione 17 hydroxy progesterone IGF1 Midnight Salivary cortisol All of these are blood tests except one which is a saliva test. These tests are important to rule out medical problems that can cause this condition. Depending on the results of these tests one can arrive at the possible diagnosis. Treatment can be planned accordingly. You will be best served by seeing an Endocrinologist in person.