• Gerson Dellatorre
  • Felipe Bochnia Cerci
  • Vinícius Medeiros Fava
  • Caio Cesar Silva de CastroEmail author


Vitiligo is an acquired chronic disease with prevalence of about 1% worldwide. The impact on patients’ self-esteem may range from severe depression to anxiety, which diminish their quality of life. Different hypotheses proposed for vitiligo etiopathogenesis are not necessarily competitive or in disagreement. Vitiligo per se may be in truth a combination of an intricate blend of biological pathways that leads to melanocyte disappearance in lesioned skin. Perhaps the autoimmune phenomenon in vitiligo might be triggered by antigen release caused by oxidative stress or antigen release by detached melanocytes that are presented to the immune system. There is no FDA-approved treatment for this neglected disease. Phototherapy, mainly narrow-band ultraviolet B, is considered the major treatment. Several surgical modalities used for patients with stable disease have delivered good results. The use of topical and systemic glucocorticoids are restricted to those patients with unstable disease.


Vitiligo Epidemiology Psychology Diagnosis Classification Physiopathology Immunology Genetics Drug therapy Surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerson Dellatorre
    • 1
    • 2
  • Felipe Bochnia Cerci
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vinícius Medeiros Fava
    • 3
  • Caio Cesar Silva de Castro
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Hospital Santa Casa Residency Training ProgramCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyHospital Santa Casa de CuritibaCuritibaBrazil
  3. 3.Departments of Human Genetics and Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health ProgramMcGill University and The Research Institute of McGill University Health CenterMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Department of Dermatology, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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