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Ophthalmic assessment in black patients with vitiligo.
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PMID:  15712795     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to describe and estimate the prevalence of pigmentary disturbances occurring in the eyes of patients presenting with vitiligo in a teaching hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. Patients presenting with vitiligo to the dermatology clinic of the University College Hospital between March and December 2001 were referred to the eye clinic of the same hospital for ophthalmic evaluation. Patients were assessed by visual acuity, intraocular pressure, refraction, slit-lamp biomicroscopic evaluation of the anterior segments and funduscopic examination of the two eyes. Visual fields estimation was done using the Goldman's perimeter. A total of 26 patients were referred to the eye clinic. Of these, only 17 patients were considered evaluable for the study. There were seven males and eight females. The age range was 5-30 years. The largest extent of vitiligo recorded in the study population was 25% of the body surface area. The duration of the vitiligo was two months to 3 1/4 years. None of the patients complained of any visual disturbance. All ophthalmologic assessment profiles were normal for all patients. One of the patients had poliosis. No pigmentary disturbance of the eyes was noticed in any of our patients. Pigmentary changes were not seen in these groups of blacks with vitiligo.
Ajaiyeoba Ayotunde; George Olakunle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the National Medical Association     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0027-9684     ISO Abbreviation:  J Natl Med Assoc     Publication Date:  2005 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-16     Completed Date:  2005-03-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503090     Medline TA:  J Natl Med Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
African Continental Ancestry Group
Child, Preschool
Eye Diseases / diagnosis*,  ethnology,  etiology
Nigeria / epidemiology
Referral and Consultation
Vision Tests
Visual Acuity*
Vitiligo / complications*,  ethnology

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