Vitiligo : Michael Jackson speaks about his disorder with Oprah

Michael Jackson was suffering from Vitiligo, a chronic disorder that causes iregular depigmentation in patches of skin.

Vitiligo is a condition that causes depigmentation of sections of skin. It occurs when melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, die or are unable to function. The incidence worldwide is less than 1%. The most common form is non-segmental vitiligo, which tends to appear in symmetric patches, sometimes over large areas of the body.

There are a number of treatments for vitiligo. Treatment options generally fall into four groups :

  • UVB phototherapy
  • PUVA phototherapy
  • Transplanting melanocytes
  • Skin camouflage
  • Reversal
  • De-pigmenting
  • Non-segmental
  • Segmental

Now watch the famous exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey on February 10, 1993, where Michael Jackson reveals his condition to the world.

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