The study on association of co-morbidities in female patients with vitiligo

Athilakshmi Sivasubramanian, Suchithra Ganapathi


Background: Vitiligo is an acquired pigmentary disorder of skin characterized by the presence of depigmented patches and macules. Vitiligo has been found to be associated with certain autoimmune diseases like diabetes and hypothyroidism. This study is done to evaluate the association of certain co-morbidities with vitiligo in female patients. The aim of the study was to assess the association of vitiligo with co-morbidities in female vitiligo patients and to find the familial association.

Methods: Retrospective hospital-based study done over a period of 6 months.

Results: In this study series of 75 cases, 19% of cases were associated with hypertension, 25% were associated with diabetes mellitus, 15% were associated with hypothyroidism and positive family history was noted in 17% patients. The mean age of presentation was 43.18.

Conclusions: We found a high association of co-morbidities among female patients with vitiligo. In our study, diabetes has been found to be more commonly associated with vitiligo than other comorbidities. Hence screening for co-morbidities should be considered in vitiligo patients.


Vitiligo, Females, Co-morbidities

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