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Vitiligo is a condition in which patches of skin lose their pigment and appear white. It can be acquired or inherited. In this interview, Dr. Martinez-Diaz discusses whether the rate of vitiligo spread alters depending on each patient’s genetics or other factors.

MD Newsline: Does the rate of vitiligo spread alter depending on the type of patient?

Dr. Martinez-Diaz: I am not aware, as of yet, that we have a specific demographic that has a higher rate of vitiligo spread per se. As a whole, vitiligo tends to affect those communities with pigmented skin such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Southeast Asians, and other ethnic groups with melanated skin.

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