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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 2912-2916

Non-cultured melanocyte transfer in the management of stable vitiligo

1 Department of Dermatology, Civil Hospital, Nabha, Punjab, India
2 DADH, HQ 101 Area, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, AIIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
4 Department of Community Medicine, GMC, Patiala, Punjab, India

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Dr. Avneet Randhawa
Government Medical College, c/o Col. B S Randhawa #1, Golf Links Enclave, Sular Road, Patiala - 147 001, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_546_19

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Background and Aims: Present study aimed to determine the clinical outcome for non-cultured melanocyte transfer in the management of stable vitiligo. Methods: A hospital based prospective study was conducted including 50 stable unresponsive patients of vitiligo undergoing non-cultured melanocyte transplant. Re-pigmentation was analyzed on the basis of baseline photographs after 6 months post procedure. Degree of re-pigmentation was estimated to the nearest of one of the following percentages and the final outcome of re-pigmentation for statistical analysis was graded as: >70% re-pigmentation: Good; 30-69% re-pigmentation: Fair and; <30% re-pigmentation: Poor. Results: The mean age of study group was 29.79 ± 13.8 with 52% males and 48% females. Out of total 50 patients, 31 (62%) patients showed good re-pigmentation, 10 (20%) showed fair re-pigmentation while 9 (18%) patients showed poor re-pigmentation. Patches over face, lips, trunk and legs showed good re-pigmentation, however patches over acral areas and bony prominences had poor re-pigmentation. Conclusion: Autologous non-cultured melanocyte transfer have an edge over the other modalities, however, proper patient selection, proper technique and good laboratory set up is required. It has an advantage over conventional split skin thickness grafting as it requires very little donor site skin.

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