FAMILIAL PERIORBITAL MELANOSIS
By Gary M. White, MD
In familial periorbital melanosis, the skin about the eyes is more heavily pigmented than the rest of the skin.
- This autosomal dominant disorder is benign, but may be a cosmetic issue.
- It is most common in darker-skinned patients and those of Mediterranean descent.
- See also periorbital pigmentation.
The skin changes begin in adolescence. A darkening of the skin is seen about the eyes. Histologically, there is both epidermal pigmentation and dermal melanophages.
A bleaching agent may be tried.
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