IN THIS ARTICLE
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 3/17/2014
Must Read Articles Related to Vitiligo
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Vitiligo:
Vitiligo - Causes
What caused your vitiligo?
Vitiligo - Symptoms
What were the symptoms of your vitiligo?
Vitiligo - Treatment
What was the treatment for your vitiligo?
Skin Problems and Treatments Resources
- Symptoms of a Severe Allergic Reaction
- Breast Cancer Treatment Options
- Is Your Body Ready for Pregnancy?