Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Loss of Pigmentation from the Skin Evaluation

The evaluation of vitiligo begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with vitiligo include:

  • Patches of light-colored skin
    • Most common on the hands, forearms, feet and face
    • May be large or small
    • May be in multiple locations
    • Hair growing in a patch may be white

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of vitiligo.

Tests that may be used to evaluate vitiligo include:

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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