Hair loss

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Hair loss is a symptom that occurs occasionally in ME/CFS. It can also be a symptom of comorbid illnesses such as hypothyroidism or systemic lupus erythematosus. Hair loss can occur either in patches (alopecia areata), or, more commonly, as a general thinning across the head.[1]

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The Canadian Consensus Criteria recognizes hair loss as a neuroendocrine system symptom in ME/CFS.


Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 20-35% for hair loss.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.11.2 Erica Verrillo (September 14, 2012), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition (Kindle eBook)
  2. Berne, Katrina (December 1, 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915

neuroendocrine relating to hormones that influence the nervous system

adverse reaction Any unintended or unwanted response to a treatment, whether in a clinical trial or licensed treatment. May be minor or serious.

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