Feature Article

Vitiligo: a guide to diagnosis and management for GPs

Flora Poon, Michelle Rodrigues



GPs are ideally placed to make the diagnosis of vitiligo. It is a treatable autoimmune condition that is best managed by a multidisciplinary team.

Key Points

  • 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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