There is no cure.
Treatments, often, don't work.
There is hope.
Vitiligo is a dermatological condition characterized by the appearance of white patches of skin on different parts of the body, such as the face, hands, arms and feet, and is a result of the absence of functional pigment cells (melanocytes). Vitiligo can cause severe cosmetic distress and is associated with social stigma, profound psychological impact and affects quality of life1. People who have vitiligo can feel embarrassed, ashamed, depressed or worried about how others will react2. Severe depression from vitiligo has been known to lead to suicide attempts1.
About 0.5-1% of the world’s population has vitiligo2, with 2-5 million in the United States3. There is no cure. Although many treatment options are available to help restore skin color, (topical creams, systemic treatments, phototherapy, surgical skin grafting etc.) results vary widely between individuals and are often unsatisfactory4.
TeVido Biodevices aims to change that. By creating a centralized graft processing facility, TeVido will prepare cellular transplants for physicians, removing the need for the physician to staff and build infrastructure themselves. Finally, a well known, standard procedure will be available to patients who long to feel whole again.
Video courtesy of Vitiligo Working Group (VWG)
Points To Remember About Vitiligo
- Vitiligo causes white patches, which may or may not spread, to appear on your skin.
- Doctors don’t know what causes vitiligo, but it may be an autoimmune disease. It also seems to run in families.
- Treatments may help restore color to the white patches of your skin, but they don’t work for everyone, and sometimes they have unwanted side effects.
- It’s important to have a supportive doctor and emotional support from family and friends. You may also want to join a vitiligo support group in your area.
For more information, the National Institutes of Health provides this helpful brochure
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2. Rich Clark, O. of C. and P. L. Questions and Answers about Vitiligo. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (2014). Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/vitiligo/#8. (Accessed: 13th June 2016)
3. Frequently Asked Questions About Vitiligo (FAQ). Vitiligo Support International Inc Available at: https://www.vitiligosupport.org/faq.cfm#item1. (Accessed: 13th June 2016)
4. Ezzedine, K., Eleftheriadou, V., Whitton, M. & van Geel, N. Vitiligo. Lancet 386, 74–84 (2015).
5. Savant, S. S. Surgical therapy of vitiligo: current status. Indian J. dermatology Venereol. Leprol. 71, 307–310 (2008)
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