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What tests will doctors use to find out if I have vitiligo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To diagnose vitiligo, your doctor may use the following tests:
  • A physical examination to see the location of the depigmented patches of skin, checking for specific sites and patterns of depigmented skin
  • A skin biopsy (test) of the depigmented patches of skin
  • Blood tests to check for overall health and for autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease, inflammatory arthritis, and type 1 diabetes
  • An eye test to check for inflammation of the eye
  • A Wood's lamp used in a darkened room to view the depigmented patches of skin

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