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It remains unclear what specific circumstances trigger the immune system to attack the pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Vitiligo probably results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, most of which have yet to be identified.
Genetics clinics are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic conditions, treatment, inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. More information about genetic consultations is available from Genetics Home Reference at http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/consult. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary healthcare provider for a referral.
The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community: