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Halo Nevus, Leucotrichia and Mucosal Vitiligo

  • Anuradha Bishnoi
  • Davinder Parsad


Halo nevus is defined as a well-defined, symmetrical, round or oval, hypopigmented, or depigmented rim/halo around a central melanocytic nevus. The size of nevus and ring can vary from few millimeters to centimeters. In general, the diameter of halo correlates with the diameter of the nevus.

Leukotrichia refers to whitening of the hair associated with a depigmented vitiligo patch. Leukotrichia, poliosis, and canities are all characterized by whitening of the hair. Poliosis represents a circumscribed collection of white hair. It may or may not be associated with whitening of the underlying skin. Vitiligo may present with both leukotrichia and poliosis, and midline frontal hair poliosis identical to piebaldism can be seen in vitiligo. Canities refers to premature and generalized graying of hair in the scalp and beard.

The incidence of halo nevus and leukotrichia has been reported to be 4.4% and 12.3%, respectively.

In this chapter, we shall discuss about halo nevus, mucosal vitiligo and leucotrichia; and their significance in relation to vitiligo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anuradha Bishnoi
    • 1
  • Davinder Parsad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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