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March 1972


Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(3):443-444. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620060077018

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Vitiligo, Segmental; Improved Following Treatment With Topically Applied Methoxsalen and Balck Light Exclosure. Presented by Helen O. Curth, MD, and Frederic Rosenberg, MD  The patient is a 3-year-old black boy who developed vitiligo at the age of 9 months. The depigmentation came on suddenly, involving the left side of the face, chest, back, shoulder, and arm. Some areas of the scalp became white and there was associated poliosis. All depigmentations ended rather sharply near the midline of the body. The youngster has been treated with methoxsalen (Oxsoralen) applied topically followed immediately by black light exposures increasing from 10 to 70 seconds' in duration and administered at weekly intervals. The target-skin distance was 12 to 17 inches. During the nine-month period of this study, all treated areas have begun to repigment. This is shown by before and after photographs (Fig 1 and 2).

Discussion  Dr. Curth: Clinically, the patient has a dermatosis which Fitzpatrick and Lerner have termed segmental

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