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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2005 December;140(6):685-702

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Vitiligo: what’s new

Ghersetich I., Buggiani G., Brazzini B., Lotti T.

Department of Dermosciences University of Florence, Florence, Italy


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Vitiligo is an acquired depigmentation disorder involving skin, hair and mucous membranes characterized by the developing of white patches with a mainly autoimmune pathogenesis. It affects approximately 0.5-2% of the population worldwide. Vitiligo is often considered only an aesthetic disorder, yet it has heavy medical implications. Its treatment is often challenging both for the dermatologist and the patient, sometimes discouraging. The approach to vitiligo patients is difficult; first of all the dermatologist should establish a positive and empathetic relationship with each patient, keep updating patients on new therapeutic options and last, but not least important give each patient correct information regarding his realistic expectations with each therapy.

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