Postgrad Med 1996 Jun;99(6):177-86
Division of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, USA.
The many types of pigmentation disorders may present in diverse forms and distributions and have various causes. They can be inherited (eg, vitiligo, familial periorbital hyperpigmentation), acquired (eg, postinflammatory pityriasis alba, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, Becker's nevus, melasma), infectious (eg, tinea versicolor), benign and self-limiting (eg, isolated café au lait spots, photocontact dermatitis), or a sign of more serious underlying disease (eg, multiple café au lait spots, malignant acanthosis nigricans). Primary care physicians see many patients with skin complaints and can often accomplish the early recognition and appropriate treatment that is paramount to cost-effective medicine. Read More