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Vitiligo (cont.)

How to Diagnose Vitiligo

Generally, the diagnosis can be accurately made during a physical examination without the benefit of any further laboratory support.

  • It is important to distinguish vitiligo from a variety of other skin conditions in which pigment loss (leukoderma) may be a part.
  • Some of these conditions are present at birth and may have a well established genetic cause, like albinism.
  • Others may have easily treated infectious etiology, like the fungus infection tinea versicolor.
  • Occasionally, in order to distinguish these disorders, it may be necessary to perform a skin biopsy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2015

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