Chronic Actinic Damage in Pigmented and Depigmented Skin of Hispanic Patients with Vitiligo: Clinical and Histological Differences
- *Corresponding Author:
- Maria Teresa Garcia-Romero
Hospital General, Dr. Manuel Gea González
Calzada de Tlalpan No. 4800
Seccion XVI, Mexico DF CP 14080
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Received date: May 17, 2012; Accepted date: September 03, 2012; Published date: September 13, 2012
Citation: Garcia-Romero MT, Esmeralda OSP, Marisol DL, Sonia TC, Maria LNR (2012) Chronic Actinic Damage in Pigmented and Depigmented Skin of Hispanic Patients with Vitiligo: Clinical and Histological Differences. J Clin Exp Dermatol Res 3:154. doi: 10.4172/2155-9554.1000154
Copyright: ©2012 Garcia-Romero MT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Vitiligo is a common depigmentary disorder, with loss of epidermal Melanocytes as its hallmark. This absence of melanin hypothetically makes skin more susceptible to Chronic Actinic Damage (CAD) and skin cancer development. However, various studies have shown no increased incidence of skin cancer and some point to decreased actinic damage in skin with vitiligo. We studied 14 patients with vitiligo and analyzed clinical and histological markers of chronic actinic damage both in depigmented skin with vitiligo and in normal skin. We found fewer markers of clinical CAD in depigmented skin than in normally pigmented skin. When we analyzed histological, we found that in most patient’s depigmented skin had increased hyperkeratosis, which is a previously reported finding, as well as atrophy, elastosis and telangiectasias. There are various hypotheses to explain these findings. Further studies are needed to establish if vitiligo provides protection against CAD, either by structural changes or a better immunosurveillance process in the skin affected by it.