CLINICO EPIDEMIOLOGICAL PROFILE OF VITILIGO PATIENTS FROM HILLY TERRIAN OF SOUTHERN RANGE OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
Ajay Kumar* and Geeta Ram Tegta
Vitiligo is an acquired, progressive, idiopathic pigmentary skin disorder of unknown etiology which is characterized by well circumscribed depigmented white macules and patches of variable sizes. The extent and distribution of vitiligo often changes with unpredictable course which in turn causes cosmetic and psychological impact on the affected individuals. Aims: To study the clinico-epidemiological profile of vitiligo patients. Subjects and methods: A prospective, observational study was conducted over a period of one year by recording the clinico epidemiological parameters of vitiligo patients having nonsegmental and non acral vitiligo affecting more than 2% of body surface in the dermatology outpatient department at IGMC Shimla. The clinical and demographic data were collected using a pre structured data collection form. Results: The mean age of the patients was 28.5 years and the 62.5% patients were males and 37.5% were females. The young patients were affected more with 7.5% of the patient had family history of vitiligo. The majority 82.2% of the patients were not suffering from any underlying associated disorder. The disease was progressive in 80% of patients. Conclusions: vitiligo is common in the younger age groups and the associated disorders are less. The epidemiological behavior of vitiligo remains the same irrespective of different geographical regions.
Keywords: Vitiligo, epidemiological profile, non segmental, non acral.
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