Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a hypopigmentation disorder of the skin characterized by complete loss of melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin color. It results in white patches of skin with sharp borders, defined by normally pigmented skin. The most common areas affected by vitiligo are the face, elbows, knees, and hands, though it can appear anywhere on the body. Some individuals may only exhibit one or two patches, while others may have small patches over the majority of their body’s. Vitiligo can even affect the scalp and result in white hair growth. It is considered to be both progressive and stable. [1]

 

It is not completely understood what causes a loss of melanocytes in the individuals with vitiligo. Several theories do exist, including, an autoimmune destruction of melanocytes, a neurotoxic destruction of melanocytes, and chemical toxicity resulting in melanocyte death. There are several precipitating factors associated with the onset of vitiligo. These include; physical trauma (especially to the head), family history of vitiligo, and autoimmune diseases such as Addison’s, diabetes, pernicious anemia, and thyroid disease. [2]

 

Vitiligo may begin at any age, though it most commonly occurs between the ages of 10 - 30. It affects men and women equally, as well as all races. Vitiligo is extremely rare in newborns. Additionally, it is equally uncommon for elderly individuals to suddenly develop the condition. [3]



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