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Hypopigmentation Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hypopigmentation. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had hypopigmentation?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. Albinism is present at birth.

  2. Is the hypopigmentation localized or generalized?

    Why: Generalised hypopigmentation suggests albinism or phenylketonuria. Localised hypopigmentation suggests vitiligo, post-inflammatory hypopigmentation, pityriasis versicolor or exposure to certain substances that are toxic to pigment producing cells.

  3. Presence of precipitating factors for vitiligo?

    Why: e.g. physical trauma, illness, emotional stress, following the death of a relative, following sunburn.

  4. Predisposing factors for pityriasis versicolor?

    Why: e.g. high humidity, Cushing's syndrome, prolonged administration of both topical or oral corticosteroids.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. vitiligo may be associated with diabetes mellitus, thyroiditis, pernicious anemia, Addison's disease or polyendocrine deficiency syndrome type 2; eczema and psoriasis may result in post inflammatory hypopigmentation; Cushing's syndrome increases susceptibility to pityriasis versicolor.

  6. Family history?

    Why: e.g. albinism; vitiligo; individuals from families with an increased prevalence of thyroid disease and diabetes appear to be at an increased risk for developing vitiligo.

  7. Symptoms of albinism?

    Why: e.g. milky white skin, white hair, blue eyes, photophobia (dislike of light).

  8. Symptoms of phenylketonuria?

    Why: e.g. reduced pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes. Mental retardation may develop if untreated.

  9. Symptoms of vitiligo?

    Why: e.g. white or off-white patches of pigment loss are usually symmetrical and ring-shaped in outline. The areas enlarge peripherally. The initial areas of involvement often include the fingers, hands, face and genitalia. May also be associated with white or prematurely grey hair or patchy hair loss. Onset may be precipitated by physical trauma, illness, emotional stress, following the death of a relative or following sunburn.

  10. Symptoms of post inflammatory hypopigmentation?

    Why: e.g. hypopigmentation of areas of skin that have been traumatized by chemicals, physical agents or after inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.

  11. Symptoms of pityriasis versicolor?

    Why: e.g. either brown patches on pale skin or white patches on tanned skin. Usually occurs on the trunk and the patches may coalesce. May involve the neck, upper arms, face and groin. Occasionally skin may be mildly itchy.

  12. Symptoms of leprosy?

    Why: e.g. found primarily in Asia and Africa. Hypopigmented skin patches associated with loss of sensation, especially to touch or temperature. Nerves that supply the affected areas of skin are thickened and tender. Nerve involvement may cause muscle weakness and deformities of hands and feet.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hypopigmentation:

The following list of conditions have 'Hypopigmentation' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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