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Piebaldism is a medical condition characterized by the absence of melanocytes. Melanocytes are responsible for the production of melanin, the pigment that contributes to the colour of the hair, eye and skin. Symptoms are:
• Unpigmented patches of skin
• Unpigmented eyelashes, hair and eyebrows
• White section of hair near the front hairline
• Unpigmented patches present at birth
• Unpigmented patches that do not change size
HOW IS PIEBALDISM DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by an Endocrinology expert who would examine your hair and also do hormonal and glad tests to determine the cause of this malfunction.
HOW IS PIEBALDISM TREATED?
The treatment options are:
• Dermabrasion of areas of depigmentation followed by the application of melanocyte-enriched cell suspensions
• Melanocyte transplant by shaving off the top layer of skin (epidermis) and replacing it by shaved-off skin from another site
• Suction epidermal grafting or full-thickness punch grafts
• A combination of these methods may be required and can be augmented by the addition of UV light therapy.
• Less invasive methods for improving appearance can be achieved with cosmetic camouflage techniques.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most of the cases, the pigmented areas are present at birth and do not increase in size or number.