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I'm 43 years old and have had segmental vitiligo since my late teens. It started on my hip and groin and slowly spread over the last 25 years to include my abdomen, back, and hands. I do not have any on my face as of yet and am thankful for that. Vitiligo is usually considered "harmless" cosmetic condition but its association with other more serious conditions worry me.
My research has uncovered a robust correlation between vitiligo and other forms of autoimmune disease including autoimmune hepatitis, a severe disease that often requires liver transplantation. It is my understanding that this and other autoimmune diseases can develop at any time. In other words, those of us with vitiligo are at an increased risk of any autoimmune disease but there is a particularly strong risk for us going on to develop autoimmune hepatitis.
I'm having a difficult time finding the percentage of people with vitiligo who go on to develop serious autoimmune diseases, including hepatitis. Can anyone help with this and allay my fears about other conditions?
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