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Oral vitiligo: a predominant spread from oral mucosa
  1. Naveenaa Chellapandian1 and
  2. Durgadevi Boopathi2
  1. 1Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pondicherry, India
  2. 2Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pondicherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Durgadevi Boopathi; durgadevib{at}


Depigmented lesions of the oral cavity have been rarely reported. Vitiligo has been defined as an acquired, slowly progressive loss of cutaneous pigment which occurs as irregular, sharply defined patches which may or may not be surrounded by macroscopic hyperpigmentation. Though vitiligo is a common condition affecting the skin having global a prevalence of 0.5%–2% the same affecting the oral mucosal tissue is a rare scenario. Literature review yields only a dearth of cases of oral vitiligo until now. Here we report a case of oral vitiligo involving the entire oral mucosal tissues with anaemic stomatitis. This case is unique as it had entire oral mucosal involvement and the skin involvement being minimal.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • dermatology

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  • Contributors Dr NC and Dr DB were responsible for drafting of the text, sourcing and editing of clinical images, investigation results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms and critical revision for important intellectual content. Both the authors gave final approval of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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