Medical And Surgical Treatment Of Vitiligo

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Vitiligo is a skin disease where an individual loses their pigmentation when the pigment producing cells are attacked and destroyed (AOCD, n.d.). Vitiligo is also known to be an auto-immune disorder where certain white blood cells direct the destruction of the melanocyte (AOCD, n.d.). Melanocytes are cells that give us our skin and hair color (AAOD, n.d.). Vitiligo affects any individual no matter their ethnic origin or sex. Individuals often notice that they have the skin disease before they reached the age of 20 which is often notice on individuals with darker skin. Common areas that vitiligo would normally start would be on an individual’s hands, feet, or face (AOCD, n.d.). Currently, there’s no cure for vitiligo but there are…show more content…
Articles that involved foreign language and children were excluded from the search. Search Strategy The systematic review was searched independently by one reviewer to find articles related to vitiligo and depression. There was no primary focus for a particular country. There was one particular database used to conduct the search which was google scholar. fig.1 Author(s) Country Objectives Methods Results Al-Harbi, M (2012) Europe To study and classify depressive symptoms Self-administered questionnaires 54 % were found to be depressed. Depression was more prevalent in single patients. Branch and Layegh (2010) Iran Evaluate the degree of depression in vitiligo patients Beck Depression Questionnaire 70 % was the prevalence rate of depression in individuals with vitiligo. Chan et al. (2012) Asia Explore the level of depression in a group of vitiligo patients A descriptive study 17.2% had been identified as depressed. Maleki et al (2005) Iran Evaluate the prevalence and severity if depression in vitiligo patients Hamilton Depression Rating Scale Out of the 52 participants 24(46%) were depressed. Zaki and Elbatrawy (2009) Egypt To detect the level of depression in patients with vitiligo Hamilton Depression Rating Scale Depression was found in 33 % of the patients. Table 2. Results The results for
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