Vitiligo universalis is the most uncommon form of vitiligo and is probably the extreme severity end of the spectrum of nonsegmental vitiligo.
Associated autoimmune phenomena seem more common; patients have to be followed up, as associated diseases may manifest months or years after being diagnosed vitiligo universalis.
Sun protection is important to avoid sunburns and other sequelae.
Depigmenting creams such as monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone or laser depigmentation may be used to depigment small areas of breakthrough pigmentation.
KeywordsContact Dermatitis Allergic Contact Dermatitis Lichen Planus Alopecia Areata Vitiligo Patient
I am grateful to Prof Roy Chan, Medical Director and Dr. Goh Boon Kee, Consultant Dermatologist, of the National Skin Centre Singapore (where I worked earlier) for providing some of the photographs.
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