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Vitiligo: Introduction

Vitiligo: Vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go) is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin, the mucous membranes (tissues ... more about Vitiligo.

Vitiligo: Skin pigment changes, usually harmless but sometimes embarrassing. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Vitiligo is available below.

Symptoms of Vitiligo

Treatments for Vitiligo

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Vitiligo: Related Patient Stories

Vitiligo: Deaths

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Types of Vitiligo

  • Generalized pattern vitiligo - most common type, appearing in various places over the body.
  • Focal pattern vitiligo - in a localized area or only a few areas.
  • Segmental pattern vitiligo - on one-side of the body.
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Diagnostic Tests for Vitiligo

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Vitiligo: Complications

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Causes of Vitiligo

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Disease Topics Related To Vitiligo

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Vitiligo: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Vitiligo

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Vitiligo: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Vitiligo: Animations

Prognosis for Vitiligo

Prognosis for Vitiligo: Typically excellent, usually harmless, only socially embarrassing.

Research about Vitiligo

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Clinical Trials for Vitiligo

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Statistics for Vitiligo

Vitiligo: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Vitiligo

Vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go) is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin, the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose and genital and rectal areas), and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball) are destroyed. As a result, white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. The hair that grows in areas affected by vitiligo u (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers about Vitiligo: NIAMS)

Definitions of Vitiligo:

A disorder consisting of areas of macular depigmentation, commonly on extensor aspects of extremities, on the face or neck, and in skin folds. Age of onset is often in young adulthood and the condition tends to progress gradually with lesions enlarging and extending until a quiescent state is reached. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An acquired skin disease characterized by patches of unpigmented skin (often surrounded by a heavily pigmented border) - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Vitiligo as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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