• Mauro Picardo
  • Alain Taïeb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Defining the Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yvon Gauthier, Laila Benzekri
      Pages 3-9
    3. Clinical Overview

      1. Alain Taïeb, Mauro Picardo
        Pages 13-24
      2. Flávia Pretti Aslanian, Absalom Filgueira, Tullia Cuzzi, Béatrice Vergier
        Pages 25-32
    4. Clinical Aspects

      1. Thierry Passeron, Jean-Paul Ortonne
        Pages 35-39
      2. Seung-Kyung Hann, Yvon Gauthier, Laila Benzekri
        Pages 41-49
      3. Prasad Kumarasinghe
        Pages 51-56
      4. Davinder Parsad
        Pages 57-59
      5. Thomas Jouary, Alain Taïeb
        Pages 61-64
      6. Rafael Falabella
        Pages 65-71
      7. Raymond E. Boissy
        Pages 73-78
      8. Ilse Mollet, Nanny van Geel, Jo Lambert
        Pages 79-90
      9. Khaled Ezzedine, Sébastien Lepreux, Alain Taïeb
        Pages 91-97
      10. Khaled Ezzedine, Julien Seneschal, Ratnam Attili, Alain Taïeb
        Pages 99-105
      11. Alain Taïeb, Fanny Morice-Picard
        Pages 107-115
      12. Juliette Mazereeuw-Hautier, Alain Taïeb
        Pages 117-122
      13. Davinder Parsad, Dipankar De
        Pages 123-125
    5. Alain Taïeb, Mauro Picardo
      Pages 127-134
    6. Davinder Parsad
      Pages 135-137

About this book


Vitiligo has been, until recently, a rather neglected area in dermatology and medicine. Patients complain about this situation, which has offered avenues to quacks, and has led to the near orphan status of the disease. The apparently, simple and poorly symptomatic presentation of the disease has been a strong disadvantage to its study, as compared to other common chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Vitiligo is still considered by doctors as a non disease, a simple aesthetic problem. A good skin-based angle of attack is also lacking because generalized vi- ligo is clearly epitomizing the view of skin diseases as simple targets of a systemic unknown dysregulation (diathesis), re? ecting the Hippocratic doctrine. This view has mostly restricted vitiligo to the manifestation of an auto-immune diathesis in the past 30 years. Thus, skin events, which are easily detected using skin biospies in most other situations, have not been precisely recorded, with the argument that a clinical diagnosis was suf? cient for the management (or most commonly absence of mana- ment) of the patient. This book is an international effort to summarize the information gathered about this disorder at the clinical, pathophysiological and therapeutic levels. Its primary aim is to bridge current knowledge at the clinical and investigative level, to point to the many unsolved issues, and to delineate future priorities for research.


Vivo diagnosis evidence based medicine generalized vitiligo inflammatory aspects melanocyte melanocyte transplantation phototherapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauro Picardo
    • 1
  • Alain Taïeb
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto Dermatologico San GallicanoRomaItaly
  2. 2.Service de Dermatologie De Dermatologie PédiatriqueCentre de référence des maladies rares de la Peau Hôpital Saint-AndréBordeauxFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-69360-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-69361-1
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