Leucomelanoderma in Blacks

  • M Dogliotti


A recent epidemic of leucomelanoderma in Blacks is described. A total of 347 patients was seen in two hospitals during the survey period. The ratio of females to males was 7:1. A striking pattern af patchy depigmentation and mottled hypermelanosis occurred predominantly on the face and neck, but sometimes extended to other areas. Most but not all cases later showed repigmentation. The cause of the dyschromia appeared to be monobenzone, a bleaching agent recently included in certain overnight creams packed in wide-mouthed jars.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 1555 (1974)

Author Biography

M Dogliotti
Baragwanath and Johannesburg Hospitals and Department of Dermatology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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