Hypopigmenting Disorders

  • Joni M. Mazza
  • Candrice Heath
  • Nanette B. Silverberg


Loss of pigment, whether hypopigmentation, depigmentation, or dyspigmentation, is a common complaint in pediatric patients of color. Childhood loss of pigment can be divided into localized or generalized variants, congenital (under the age of 2 years at onset) or acquired, and by etiology. The following chapter identifies strategies to identify causes of pigment loss in children and reviews specific diagnoses commonly noted and pertinent to or with nuances in children of color worldwide.


Loss of pigment Hypopigmentation Depigmentation Dyspigmentation Localized variants Generalized variants Congenital Etiology 


Conflict of Interest 

The authors report no relevant conflicts of interest in this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joni M. Mazza
    • 1
  • Candrice Heath
    • 1
  • Nanette B. Silverberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyMt. Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital CenterNew YorkUSA

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