Rapid partial repigmentation of vitiligo in a young female adult with a gluten-free diet

Birgit N. Khandalavala, Maya C. Nirmalraj

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Abstract

Vitiligo is a common pigmentary skin condition with a profound impact. Despite a number of therapeutic modalities, few have been demonstrated to result in significant repigmentation within a brief period of time. Reported dietary interventions are sparse. Following exclusion of gluten in the diet, early and extensive repigmentation of facial lesions were noted in a young female adult of Asian ethnicity with acrofacial vitiligo. The majority of the benefits occurred within the first month and stabilized at 4 months. Previous topical and phototherapy had not been found to be effective. The patient was maintained on the previously prescribed dapsone therapy. Dietary elimination can potentially be a disease-modifying intervention for vitiligo and should be considered even in patients without concomitant celiac disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-287
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Dermatology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 22 2014

Keywords

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Dietary therapy
  • Vitiligo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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