Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 286--287

Use of dermatoscope to monitor the repigmentation of various vitiligo surgical procedures

Balakrishnan Nirmal 
 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Balakrishnan Nirmal
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, OPD No. 220, Room No. 5, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu

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Nirmal B. Use of dermatoscope to monitor the repigmentation of various vitiligo surgical procedures.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2016;9:286-287

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Nirmal B. Use of dermatoscope to monitor the repigmentation of various vitiligo surgical procedures. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];9:286-287
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Dear Editor,

Surgical intervention in stable vitiligo is classified broadly as tissue grafting and cellular grafting. [1] Split-thickness skin grafting, mini punch grafting, suction blister grafting and follicular unit extraction constitute tissue grafting, whereas non-cultured epidermal cell suspension is an example of cellular grafting. Colour match after the procedure is as important as extent of repigmentation. [2]

Objective methods in the evaluation of vitiligo include colorimetry and morphometry used to monitor colour match and extent of repigmentation, respectively. [3] Colorimeter is an expensive, non-invasive instrument to measure the colours reflected from the surface using a tristimulus system, and the quality of repigmentation can be assessed and recorded. [4]

Dermatoscopy has been used to evaluate the activity of vitiligo. [5] To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in literature to use dermatoscope to monitor the result of various surgical procedures in vitiligo. Dermatoscopic examination of repigmented lesions was performed in five patients who underwent split-thickness grafting, mini punch grafting, suction blister grafting, follicular unit extraction and non-cultured melanocyte transfer using a pocket dermatoscope which gives a ×10 magnification (DermLite DL3, 3Gen Inc., USA) at least 3 months after the surgical procedure. Images were taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-W800 20.1 MP digital camera after attaching it to the dermatoscope with a universal adapter [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4] and [Figure 5]. The best colour match was seen with non-cultured epidermal cell suspension followed by follicular unit extraction.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}

We direct further studies in evaluating the colour match with the dermatoscope comparing it with objective tools such as colorimeter in future and prospective studies with standardised protocols taking sites, type of vitiligo and adjuvant therapy into consideration as well.

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