So this is just a hunch… but wouldn’t an adrenalectomy prevent (or even reverse??) androgenetic alopecia? Well, this is not just my hunch, but there was a study published earlier this year (a case study, though) in which a woman’s adrenal gland was removed. And what would the consequences be for a man?
Here’s the study:
Title: Laparoscopic adrenalectomy - a cure for male pattern baldness
Authors: Rajbabu, K.1; Barber, N.J.1; Rai, S.K.1; Rimington, P.D.1
Source: Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 89, Number 1, January 2007 , pp. W9-W11(1)
Publisher: The Royal College of Surgeons of England
A 64-year-old woman presented to a dermatologist with male pattern hair loss and was found to have grossly elevated testosterone levels at 22.3 nmol/l (normal range, 0.0-2.9 nmol/l). The diagnosis of an androgen-secreting adrenal tumour was made and she underwent a laparoscopic retroperitoneal right adrenalectomy with an uneventful speedy recovery, being discharged in less than 48 h, underlining the clear advantage of this approach.
Keywords: HAIR LOSS; TESTOSTERONE; ANDROGEN-SECRETING ADRENAL CANCER
Document Type: Case report
Affiliations: 1: Department of Urology, Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne, UK