By Gary M. White, MD

Follicular vitiligo is a rare form of vitiligo in which the hair reservoir of melanocytes is targeted, resulting in leukotrichia (white hair).


In one review of 8 patients, the average age was 48. All patients reported the development of white hairs before loss of skin pigmentation. One patient has been reported to experienced a rapid whitening of scalp hair over 3 weeks [AMA Arch Derm 1959;79;228]. In retrospect, this patient may have had follicular vitiligo.


Very little has been published on the treatment of patients with follicular vitiligo.


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