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|Definition (CHV)||A condition in which the skin turns white due to the loss of melanocytes|
Vitiligo causes white patches on your skin. It can also affect your eyes, mouth, and nose. It occurs when the cells that give your skin its color are destroyed. No one knows what destroys them. It is more common in people with autoimmune diseases, and it might run in families. It usually starts before age 40.
The white patches are more common where your skin is exposed to the sun. In some cases, the patches spread. Vitiligo can cause your hair to gray early. If you have dark skin, you may lose color inside your mouth.
Using sunscreen will help protect your skin, and cosmetics can cover up the patches. Treatments for vitiligo include medicines, light therapy, and surgery. Not every treatment is right for everyone. Many have side effects. Some take a long time. Some do not always work.
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
|Definition (NCI)||Generalized well circumscribed patches of leukoderma that are generally distributed over symmetric body locations and is due to autoimmune destruction of melanocytes.(NICHD)|
|Definition (MSH)||A disorder consisting of areas of macular depigmentation, commonly on extensor aspects of extremities, on the face or neck, and in skin folds. Age of onset is often in young adulthood and the condition tends to progress gradually with lesions enlarging and extending until a quiescent state is reached.|
|Definition (CSP)||usually progressive, chronic pigmentary anomaly of the skin manifested by depigmented white patches that may be surrounded by a hyperpigmented border.|
|Concepts||Disease or Syndrome (T047)|
|English||VITILIGO, vitiligo, vitiligo (physical finding), Vitiligo [Disease/Finding], Vitiligo, Hypopigmentation of skin, Vitiligo (disorder)|
|Spanish||VITILIGO, Vitíligo, vitiligo (trastorno), vitiligo|