Vitiligo and thyroid disease

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Clinically, dermatologists have noted for some years an association between vitiligo and thyroid disease. Vrijman and colleagues from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, undertook a review of this (Br J Dermatol 2012; 167: 1224-35) and found that there was indeed an association. They discovered the frequency of thyroid disease in vitiligo patients was 15.1% , autoimmune thyroid disease 14.3% and the presence of thyroid-specific autoantibodies 20·8%. All patients with vitiligo should have their thyroid function checked.