A survey of 430 vitiligo patients seen during a 15-yr period (1959-1974) revealed associated diseases in 77: 34 with internal diseases, 35 with dermatological conditions and 8 with psychoneurological problems. In the majority of these patients, these diseases, which in most cases are considered to be of autoimmune origin, appeared in adulthood. Halo nevi were the only accompanying disease predominantly found in the pediatric age group. From these data it may be concluded that more patients with vitiligo have systemic disease than the general population. It is stressed that the appearance of vitiligo in adults calls for thorough medical investigation to discover any associated disease.
|Published - 1977