Your QuestionCould you please let me know the name of the blood or genetic test used to diagnose or identify a vitiligo carrier?
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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:
- GeneTests has a searchable directory of US and international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics.
- The National Society of Genetic Counselors provides a searchable directory of US and international genetic counseling services.
- The American College of Medical Genetics has a searchable database of US genetics clinics.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides a list of US and international genetic centers, clinics, and departments.
- The American Society of Human Genetics maintains a database of its members, which includes individuals who live outside of the United States. Visit the link to obtain a list of the geneticists in your country, some of whom may be researchers that do not provide medical care.
- Vitiligo. Genetics Home Reference. December 2010; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/vitiligo. Accessed 11/20/2012.