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Hypopigmentation in vitiligo.
Classification and external resources
Specialty dermatology
ICD-10 L80, L81.5-L81.6
ICD-9-CM 709.0
DiseasesDB 21207
MeSH D017496

Hypopigmentation is the loss of skin color. It is caused by melanocyte or melanin depletion, or a decrease in the amino acid tyrosine, which is used by melanocytes to make melanin.


Often, hypopigmentation can be brought on by laser treatments; however, the hypopigmentation can be treated with other lasers or light sources.[1]

Associated conditions[edit]

It is seen in:

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  1. ^ Reszko, Anetta; Sukal, Sean A.; Geronemus, Roy G. (14 July 2008). "Reversal of Laser-Induced Hypopigmentation with a Narrow-Band UV-B Light Source in a Patient with Skin Type VI". Dermatologic Surgery. 34 (10): 1423–1426. doi:10.1097/00042728-200810000-00021.