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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-96

Vitiligo and associated disorders including autoimmune diseases: A prospective study of 200 Indian patients

1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Dr. R. P. Govt. Medical College, (Tanda), Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Dr. R. P. Govt. Medical College, (Tanda), Himachal Pradesh, India

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Vikram K Mahajan
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Dr. R. P. Govt. Medical College, Kangra, Tanda - 176 001, Himachal Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2349-5847.172772

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Background: Vitiligo is commonly associated with autoimmune and nonautoimmune disorders. However, there is a paucity of such data in the Indian context. Aims: We studied common disorders including autoimmune diseases associated with vitiligo. Methods: Clinical details and the results of serological studies comprising anti-TPO and anti-TG antibodies, antiparietal cell antibody, antinuclear antibodies, hepatitis B surface antibody, anti-hepatitis C virus immunoglobulin M antibody, rheumatoid factor, and immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels were analyzed in 200 consecutive vitiligo patients.Results: These 200 (male:female 96:104) patients were aged between 3 and 78 (median age 25) years having vitiligo for 15 days to 60 years. Nonsegmental vitiligo in 192 (96%) patients was the commonly reported pattern. Fifty-three (26.5%) patients had another affected a family member. Clinically, 37 (18.5%) patients had autoimmune disorders and 121 (60.5%) had serological evidence of autoimmunity. Autoimmune thyroid disorders in 85 (42.5%) patients were the most common. Others were rheumatoid arthritis 9 (4.5%), plaque psoriasis 5 (2.5%), alopecia areata 3 (1.5%), and limited cutaneous scleroderma 1 (0.5%). The presence of antithyroglobulin antibody in 53 (26.5%) and antithyroid peroxidase antibody in 44 (22%) patients, rheumatoid factor in 9 (4.5%) patients, and hyper IgE in 75 (37.5%) patients was significant observation. No patient had antiparietal cell antibodies or pernicious anemia. Conclusion: Clinical presentation of our patients conforms to established patterns of vitiligo. Subclinical autoimmune thyroiditis observed in the most cases is indicative of the potential benefit of screening these patients for concurrent thyroid disorders. The association of atopy remains poorly understood. Pernicious anemia and antiparietal cell antibodies do not appear a significant association in our patients.

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