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Does hair loss run in families?

In males, certain genes relating to pattern hair loss are known to be passed down from parents to children. Pattern hair loss in females is not as well understood, but its also thought to be influenced by genetics. Similarly, alopecia areata (a condition in which hair stops growing and falls out from the roots), runs in families.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Male pattern baldness


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