Vitiligo and Leukodermas

  • Mohamed Badawy Abdel-Naser
  • Constantin E. OrfanosEmail author


Although most dermatoses inducing changes of the content and distribution of melanin discoloring the skin are not life-threatening, they have a tremendous psychological and socioeconomic impact among people with skin of color, particularly in African populations with darkly pigmented or black skin. There is a plethora of genetic and/or acquired diseases associated with various types of leukoderma; postinflammatory hypo- and hyperpigmentations are most common in African populations as secondary response after various dermatoses, burns, injuries, surgical interventions, injections, and action of chemicals [1]. They are all disfiguring and cause major psychological discomfort to the patients, with vitiligo being the most prevalent cause of deep concern [2].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Badawy Abdel-Naser
    • 1
  • Constantin E. Orfanos
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and VenereologyAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.The Free University of Berlin, Medical School CharitéBerlinGermany

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