VITILIGO AND OTHER PIGMENTARY DISORDERS

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VITILIGO AND OTHER PIGMENTARY DISORDERS

VITILIGO AND OTHER PIGMENTARY DISORDERS

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Pigmentary disorders of skin, though seemingly benign and not life threatening, have a profound impact on the quality of life of patients. Besides cosmetic concern, these diseases cause a great deal of social stigma and tremendous psychological stress leading to anxiety, depression, fear of rejection, low self esteem and even suicidal tendencies. A large part of clinical practice of dermatologists and general practitioners comprises managing patients with these disorders. “Vitiligo and Other Pigmentary Disorders” is an attempt by authors to familiarize the clinicians with common as well as not so common pigmentary diseases seen in India. Dermatology residents, internists and primary care physicians will particularly benefit from this short textbook due to its simple, concise and easy to understand text backed up with excellent quality clinical photographs. The emphasis is laid on the two most commonly encountered conditions—vitiligo and melasma while for others most practical diagnostic and therapeutic tips are included. Exhaustive theoretical details are deliberately omitted to maintain the brevity of text and for readers seeking more information, “Suggested Readings” has been included at the end of each chapter. We hope that this short textbook on “Vitiligo and Other Pigmentary Disorders” will benefit the readers in better managing their patients with pigmentary diseases and help mitigate their sufferings.