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Do hair disorders run in families?

Hair disorders can definitely run in families. Polycystic ovary syndrome, which may be caused or partly caused by genetic factors, is one cause of a hair disorder known as hirsutism. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia can also cause this overgrowth of hair due to the overproduction of male hormones. Baldness is hereditary and can afflict men as well as women.

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