What causes hirsutism?

Updated: May 01, 2020
  • Author: George T Griffing, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Multiple diseases can cause hyperandrogenism and hirsutism. The etiologic forms of hirsutism include endocrine-related, idiopathic, medication-related, and miscellaneous. Endocrine-related causes include adrenocortical disorders and ovarian disorders.

Tumors, Cushing syndrome, and CAH are the adrenocortical causes. Tumors (malignant or benign) and PCOS are the ovarian causes of hirsutism.


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