Vitiligo disease triggers: Psychological stressors preceding the onset of disease

Jonathan I. Silverberg, Nanette B. Silverberg*

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Abstract

Vitiligo is the loss of skin pigmentation caused by autoimmune destruction of melanocytes. Little is known about the impact of psychological stressors preceding vitiligo onset on symptoms associated with vitiligo and the extent of disease. We performed a questionnaire-based study of 1541 adults with vitiligo to evaluate the impact of psychological stressors in this patient population. Psychological stressors should be considered as potential disease triggers in vitiligo patients, and screening of vitiligo patients for psychological stressors and associated symptoms should be included in routine assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalCutis
Volume95
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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