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Understanding Vitiligo – Causes & Theories April 2011

Vitiligo is a common pigmentary disorder in which the pigment producing cells of the skin (melanocytes) are absent or do not function. As a result, lighter patches of skin appear on various parts of the body due to the lack of melanin (pigment).

The exact cause of vitiligo is still not well understood and many theories exist. In this video we explore established and recent theories that explain the loss of epidermal melanocytes.

We have set up a dedicated vitiligo webpage with information and resources

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Visit our vitiligo article for further information on causes, symptoms, vitiligo types and treatments.