Author(s): Mattoo SK, Handa S, Kaur I, Gupta N, Malhotra R
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Vitiligo, a common pigmentary disorder, is recognized to be associated with a high psychiatric morbidity, yet compared to other dermatological disorders like leprosy, psoriasis, etc., it has not been subjected to detailed evaluation of its psychological consequences. The data from the developing countries on this aspect in particular is meager. METHODS: One hundred and thirteen cases with vitiligo were evaluated along with 55 healthy controls comparable for sociodemographic profile and matched on attitude to appearance scale. Clinical details, impact of illness, associated dysfunction and psychological morbidity were additionally assessed. RESULTS: Twenty-eight patients with vitiligo were found to have psychiatric morbidity, a clinic prevalence rate of 25\% (95\% confidence interval 20.3-29.3\%). The majority of the cases had a diagnosis of adjustment disorder. Psychiatric morbidity was significantly correlated with dysfunction arising out of illness. CONCLUSIONS: Vitiligo is associated with high psychiatric morbidity. There is a need to develop cross-cultural database on psychosocial aspects and psychiatric morbidity associated with vitiligo.
This article was published in J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
and referenced in Dermatology and Dermatologic Diseases