Vitiligo in Children: A Review of Conventional Treatments


  • Serena Gianfaldoni University G. Marconi of Rome - Dermatology and Venereology, University G. Marconi of Rome, Rome
  • Uwe Wollina Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Department of Dermatology and Allergology, 01067 Dresden
  • Georgi Tchernev Medical Institute of Ministry of Interior Department of General, Vascular and Abdominal Surgery, Sofia
  • Jacopo Lotti University G. Marconi of Rome - Dept. of Nuclear, Subnuclear and Radiation Physics, Rome
  • Katlein França University of Miami School of Medicine Ringgold standard institution, Miami, Florida
  • Torello Lotti University G. Marconi of Rome, Dermatology and Venereology, Rome



Childhood vitiligo, Conventional treatments, Topical treatments, Systemic treatments, Phototherapy, Combined treatments, Surgical therapies


Vitiligo is an important skin disease of childhood, which may lead to deep psychological trauma, resulting in a poor quality of life and low self-esteem. The Authors discuss a short review of the more conventional therapies available for the treatment of vitiligo in children.


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Gianfaldoni S, Wollina U, Tchernev G, Lotti J, França K, Lotti T. Vitiligo in Children: A Review of Conventional Treatments. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2018 Jan. 21 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];6(1):213-7. Available from:

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