Background: Vitiligo is an acquired skin disorder characterized by depigmented maculae resulting from a reduction of the number and function of melanocytes. The etiopathogenesis of the disease is still unclear, but there is evidence that autoimmunity may be involved. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and significance of antinuclear (ANA) and thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies in patients with vitiligo and control group. Methods: In a prospective case-control study, we compared the frequency of antibodies (ANA and anti-TPO) in 40 patients with vitiligo and in 40 healthy volunteers. Results: ANA were positive in 7 (17%) patients, which was insignificantly higher than control group, 2 (5%). Anti-TPO were positive in 11 (27%) patients. In control group, only two subjects (5%) had positive anti-TPO. Compared with the control group, the frequency anti-TPO were significantly higher in those with vitiligo (p [Med Arch 2013; 67(2.000): 91-93]

vitiligo, autoimmunity, antinuclear antibodies, thyroid peroxidase antibodies

Medical Archives is official journal of Academy of Medical Sciences 
in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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