GPs are ideally placed to make the diagnosis of vitiligo. It is a treatable autoimmune condition that is best managed by a multidisciplinary team.
- Vitiligo is a chronic and relapsing autoimmune condition for which treatment should be offered.
- The diagnosis of vitiligo should be considered in children and adults who present with acquired depigmented patches of skin, mucosa or hair.
- Thyroid function should be tested in all patients with vitiligo.
- GPs may play a key role in identifying patients dealing with the psychosocial burden of vitiligo and can discuss management options with them.
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