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   Skin Depigmentation
 
Definition:
loss of normal skin pigmentation.
 
Medical terms related to skin depigmentation :
Lightening of Skin, Loss of Skin Pigment, Dermal Depigmentation, Vitiligo
 
Common causes of skin depigmentation: 
o Tinea Versicolor:
A chronic infection of the skin especially of the trunk that is caused by a lipophilic fungus (Pityrosporum orbiculare, Melassezia furfur) and is marked by irregular macular patches that often appear lighter than the surrounding area if the skin is tanned and may appear darker than the surrounding skin if the skin is not tanned or black; called also pityriasis versicolor.
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Tinea Alba:
Tinea Alba is a relatively common skin disorder in children and young adults. It is marked by the presence of ill-defined, scaly, faintly erythematous patches that subside to leave areas of hypopigmentation; called also Pityriasis alba (PA).
o Trauma
o Burn Of Skin
o Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
o Steroid (corticosteroids, either topical or injected)

Other Causes of skin depigmentation:
o Albinism (inherited lack of skin pigment)
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Vitiligo:
An autoimmune skin disorder that occures as smooth white spots on various parts of the skin.
 

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o CBC
o KOH prep (KOH exam):
A test that shows hyphae or fungal organisms in the skin
   
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