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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 180-189

Vitiligo: A review of some facts lesser known about depigmentation


Department of Dermatology, Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, USA

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James J Nordlund
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.80413

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Vitiligo is a disorder that causes the destruction of melanocytes. It has three important factors underlying this destruction. The depigmented skin has many aberrant functions such as a muted response to contact allergens, a phenomenon also seen in mice that depigment. The white skin of those with vitiligo does not form non-melanoma skin cancers although the white skin of albinos, which has a similar color as vitiligo, is highly susceptible to skin cancer.


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