Preferred methods of excess hair removal in pediatric patients with lung transplantation

Emily J. Fisher, David R. Berk, Riley E. Greene, Pegi Shaner, Stuart C. Sweet, Susan Bayliss Mallory

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Background: Hypertrichosis is common among recipients of lung transplantation taking cyclosporine and it poses a special psychosocial problem in children. Children and parents frequently inquire about methods of hair removal. Objective: We sought to determine preferred methods of hair removal in this population. Methods: We distributed a questionnaire to 104 pediatric recipients of lung transplantation. A total of 56 questionnaires (54%) were completed. Results: Of respondents, 91% (51 of 56) experienced hypertrichosis, 75% (38 of 51) of whom attempted treatment. Depilatory cream was the most common hair removal technique (79%, 30 of 38). Shaving, particularly with an electric razor, received the highest ratings of both satisfaction and likelihood of future use. Limitations: Generalizability is limited by the response rate. Preferred methods according to different hair locations were not evaluated. Conclusion: In our pediatric transplantation population, depilatory cream was the most commonly used treatment for hypertrichosis whereas electric shaving had the highest ratings of satisfaction and future use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-323
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2006


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