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condition that causes irregular patches of skin to lose pigment and turn white. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys melanocytes, the cells that make pigment; the skin does not become raised or painful. Commonly affected areas are the face, elbows and knees, hands and feet, and genitals. Vitiligo can appear at any age and may worsen over time; it is more noticeable in individuals with darker skin. Treatments include ultraviolet light therapy, topical corticosteroid or immunosuppressive creams or gels, skin grafts from normally pigmented areas, opaque foundation makeup and skin dyes to camouflage the affected area, and the depigmenting of the remaining normal skin in extensive cases. Although affected areas sunburn easily and may be associated with certain skin cancers, research has found that a common gene mutation may increase both the chance of vitiligo and lower the risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.



a pigmentation disorder manifested by the disappearance of normal pigment from patches of skin. The cause is unknown. It usually starts in youth (more often in females) with the appearance of white spots of different sizes and shapes on unchanged skin. The spots gradually enlarge and coalesce, forming extensive milky-white patches. The hairs on the affected areas turn gray. Foci of vitiligo may occur anywhere on the skin. The affected individuals experience no internal sensations. Treatment consists in using drugs that increase the sensitivity of skin to ultraviolet rays and then exposing the skin to these rays.


A skin disease characterized by an acquired ochromia in areas of various sizes and shapes.
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En el momento se encuentra sin tratamiento para su vitiligo.
Basados en los antecedentes personales de la paciente de enfermedad tiroidea autoinmune (tiroiditis de Hashimoto), enfermedad gastrointestinal autoinmune (anemia perniciosa) y el cuadro de vitiligo generalizado se hizo el diagnostico de sindrome poliglandular autoinmune IIIB asociado a vitiligo generalizado.
Treatment of vitiligo by transplantation of cultured pure melanocyte suspension: analysis of 120 cases.
Surgical approaches for stable vitiligo.Dermatol Surg 2005;31:1277-84.
VITILIGO is sometimes seen in people with other conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, pernicious anaemia and alopecia.
What can happen is that one family member may have a thyroid problem and another may have vitiligo, so don't be surprised if your doctor asks you if anyone in the family has any of these diseases.
As vitiligo skin is particularly vulnerable to sunlight and needs protection, you can get some types of sunblock on prescription from your doctor.
It can be used on men and women to cover vitiligo, birthmarks, tattoos, burns and scarring.
Vitiligo may also be triggered by physical or emotional stress, or skin damage, such as severe sunburn or cuts.
Vitiligo is quite a common condition which makes the skin, and sometimes the hair, turn white in patches and probably is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the body's own tissues.
Some treatments can re-pigment the skin, however, there's nothing that can prevent vitiligo returning.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Vitiligo, cocukluk cagi, depigmente nevus