Glossary On Diagnosis

The look of Vitiligo is typical enough to diagnose it on the first look. In addition, your medical and family history will enable your physician to make sure of his diagnosis. However, certain tests may be conducted to confirm the condition as well as to ascertain the cause if possible:

  • Biopsy of the affected area can confirm the diagnosis of Vitiligo
  • Blood tests may be done:
    • To check the thyroid functions
    • To look for the presence of anti-nuclear antibodies (that would point towards auto-immune cause)
    • To rule out pernicious anemia
  • Examination of the spots under Wood's lamp can be used to diagnose and evaluate Vitiligo especially when the changes are not appreciated with the naked eye.

At Dr. Batra's, we scientifically evaluate each case of Vitiligo with Wood's lamp and effectively use it for the following:

  • To accurately diagnose Vitiligo
  • To rule out fungal infections
  • To measure extent of the disease
  • To detect early changes that are not visible to naked eyes
  • To monitor response to treatment