Do we have to pay more attention to vitiligo patients? Peculiar histopathological features of primary cutaneous melanoma preceded by vitiligo

ONSUN N., BÜYÜKBABANİ N., Uemmetoglu O., Cebeci F. C.

JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol.36, no.11, pp.612-615, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2009.00717.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.612-615


Vitiligo is an acquired depigmenting skin disease characterized by the loss of functioning epidermal melanocytes. Vitiligo can be associated with an autoimmune disorder. An unusual and important aspect of vitiligo is its relationship to melanoma. We present herein a 34-year-old man who developed regional lymph node metastases of malignant melanoma 2 years after the diagnosis of vitiligo.