Chronic telogen effluvium (CTE)
It's unfortunate that chronic shedding in women is often termed CTE because it causes individuals and physicans to approach it the same way as acute telogen effluvium. Acute and chronic telogen effluvium are different conditions.
I've written extensively in previous blogs about CTE and acute telogen effluvium and how these tie into figuring out whether in fact it's androgenetic alopecia (AGA).
The most important principles of CTE are that CTE is a chronic shedding condition that happens in women 35-65 who once had thick hair and then suddenly out of nowhere develop a chronic shedding pattern that first leads to a massive reduction in hair density but then maintains that density more or less year after year. Most of the time blood test results are normal.
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