Dr. Nada Elbuluk,
University of South California, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Vitiligo is associated with other diseases, many of which are autoimmune. This study confirms many of these known disease associations, with hypothyroidism being the most common. Furthermore, this study found that vitiligo is  significantly associated with multiple sclerosis, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, and lymphoma. These findings can help dermatologists be aware of which conditions to consider when evaluating vitiligo patients. Moreover, there have been attempts to evaluate if these associations vary by race or/and gender.

Finally, this study was conducted on 1487 vitiligo patients, seen at NYU Langone Medical Center.