Other names: Chronic Hair Shedding

Note: Chronic telogen effluvium is a different condition than Acute telogen effluvium 

What is Chronic (Idiopathic) Telogen Effluvium or “CTE”?

  • CTE one of a group of disorders known as “hair shedding” conditions

What are the symptoms of Chronic Telogen Effluvium?

  • Individuals with CTE notice increased daily hair shedding. 
  • The amount of hair loss varies from day-to-day.  On some days, over 300 hairs may be lost, whereas on other days, 40-50 hairs will be lost
  • Individuals will report excessive hair in their brush, hair falling on clothes, clogged shower drains and plugged vacuums
  • Some individuals have scalp symptoms such as tingling or pain
  • Hair loss occurs all over the scalp, but is often marked in the temples

What tests will be needed to diagnosis Chronic Telogen Effluvium?

  • Your doctor may ask you to obtain several blood tests to make determine if you have any easily correctable causes of hair shedding. (ie. acute telogen effluvium)
  • One or more biopsies of your scalp may be obtained
  • You may or may not also be requested to perform a “Hair Collection” at home.

What is the treatment for Chronic Telogen Effluvium?

What is the long term effect on my hair if I have Chronic Telogen Effluvium?

  • Individuals  with CTE never go bald
  • Hair shedding can continue for many, many  years, but hair shedding eventually stops. 
  • The reasons for this are not well understood at the present time.

If a patient has not developed a second hair condition during the years that the CTE was happening, hair density will return to the original density.

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