Patient discussion about polyglandular autoimmune syndrome

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Q. My boy has diabetes. Recently he was diagnosed with vitiligo. What is it and what can be the reason for this?

My boy has diabetes. recently he was diagnosed with vitiligo. Our doctor said that he hopes it not a polyglandular autoimmune syndrome. what is vitiligo and what does this big phrase (polyglandular autoimmune syndrome) mean?
A1Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder and the major cause of vitiligo is the autoimmunity. Some internal factor cause the destruction of melanocytes cell which produce the melanin a substance responsible for the coloration of skin. this lack of melanin infect results in <a href="http://www.antivitiligo.com/">white patch on skin</a> of hypo pigmentation.
Normally vitiligo is not related with other disease like diabetes. However a little inheritance may include in the occurence of vitiligo.
A2polyglandular autoimmune syndrome is when one has a bunch of autoimmune diseases. Vitiligo is one of those diseases. You can hear more abot it here http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Vitiglio-7047
A3Your boy suffers from two autoimmune diseases. there is a syndrome named polyglandular autoimmune syndrome which is when some one has several autoimmune diseases. Only time will tell if your boy has this syndrome, but you can ask from your GP to take test to check it.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease of the skin and as most of autoimmune diseases its at least partially genetic. (My mom has vitiligo on her back and legs, and so am I).
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