Vitiligo

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Vitiligo is a dermatological condition characterized by the appearance of white patches of skin on different parts of the body as a result of the destruction of the cells that make pigment (melanocytes). This may vary from one or two white spots on the skin to large areas of depigmentation. Vitiligo is not contagious. It seems to occur more often among people who have certain autoimmune diseases. For some people, although not for everyone, the depigmentation is progressive.

Supporting Organizations

American Autoimmune & Related Diseases

22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
Tel: (586)776-3900
Fax: (586)776-3903
Tel: (800)598-4668
Email: aarda@aarda.org
Website: http://www.aarda.org/

American Vitiligo Research Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 7540
Clearwater, FL 33758
USA
Tel: (727)461-3899
Fax: (727)461-4796
Email: vitiligo@avrf.org
Website: http://www.avrf.org

AutoImmunity Community

Website: https://www.facebook.com/autoimmunityforum

European Society for Immunodeficiencies

1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Switzerland
Tel: 410229080484
Fax: 41229069140
Email: esid@kenes.com
Website: http://www.esid.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Information Clearinghouse
One AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
USA
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niams.nih.gov/

National Vitiligo Foundation

11250 Cornell Park Drive
Suite 207
Cincinnati, OH 45242
USA
Tel: (513)793-6834
Fax: (513)793-6887
Email: info@nvfi.org
Website: http://www.nvfi.org

Vitiligo Support International

P.O. Box 3565
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Tel: (434)326-5380
Fax: (540)301-1551
Email: info@vitiligosupport.org
Website: http://www.vitiligosupport.org

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Last Updated:  1/16/1970
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