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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 255-258

Chemical leukoderma: What's new on etiopathological and clinical aspects?

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, MGM Medical College and LSK Hospital, Kishanganj, Bihar, India

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Sanjay Ghosh
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.70680

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Chemical leukoderma denotes an acquired hypopigmentation caused by repeated exposure to specific chemical compounds simulating clinically idiopathic vitiligo. The ailment has been increasing in developing countries like India in recent years. Etiologically, a lot of chemicals, especially phenolic group, have been identified in various countries including India. The term, "chemical leukoderma syndrome" has been described to encompass all the various manifestations of chemical leukoderma. Clinical diagnostic criteria have been proposed to diagnose chemical leukoderma clinically more confidently.

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