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Description:This was the torso of young male patient upon which, you can see irregularly-shaped areas of skin that seemed to have lost their pigmentation, resulting in a whitish-pink coloration. This was determined to be a case of vitiligo.
“Vitiligo (pronounced vit-ill-EYE-go) is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body. Similar patches also appear on both the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose) and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball). The hair that grows on areas affected by vitiligo sometimes turns white.”
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Donated by Brian Hill; New Zealand
Creation Date:1976
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Links:National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS); Information Clearinghouse: Questions and Answers about Vitiligo
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