Increasing our understanding of pigmentary disorders

Pearl Grimes, James J. Nordlund, Amit G. Pandya, Susan Taylor, Marta Rendon, Jean Paul Ortonne

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This article focuses on developments in pigmentary disorders that extend dermatologists' understanding of the field. Areas that are reviewed include the basic biochemistry, pharmacology, and physiology of the melanocortin system; melanosome development; genetic diseases associated with pigmentary disorders; pigmentary disorders secondary to systemic disease; drug-induced hyperpigmentation; environmental exposure to chemicals; and primary disorders of hyperpigmentation such as melasma and lentigines. Basic, clinical, and epidemiological research, along with a number of clinical case reports, were included in the review. This article also reports on the new health-related quality-of-life instrument (MELASQOL) that has been developed for women with melasma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S255-S261
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5 SUPPL. 2
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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