Navigation Links
Skin transplant offers new hope for vitiligo patients

DETROIT Henry Ford Hospital dermatologists say skin transplant surgery is safe and effective for restoring skin pigmentation caused by the skin disease vitligo.

In a first study of its kind in the United States, researchers followed 23 patients for up to six months after surgery and found that the treated area regained on average 43 percent of its natural skin color. In eight patients with localized vitiligo, the treated area regained on average 68 percent of its natural skin color.

The surgery involves using skin cells taken from healthy, normally pigmented areas of the body and transferring them to the damaged area of skin. It is performed under local anesthesia.

The study is published in the May edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. It is available online at

"The results achieved in our study were of obvious significance to our patients," says Iltefat Hamzavi, M.D., a senior staff physician in Henry Ford's Department of Dermatology and the study's senior author and principal investigator. "We believe this new treatment option offers hope to patients of color and those with vitiligo on one side of the body or in one area of the body."

Vitiligo is a skin disease that causes the skin to lose color and develop white patches that vary in size and location. It affects about 1 in every 200 people in the United States, and is more noticeable in people with darker skin. Standard treatments include light therapy and topical medications.

Vitiligo develops when cells called melanocytes are killed by the body's immune system, causing the area of skin to turn white because the cells no longer make pigment. While there is no cure, vitiligo can be treated and managed with light therapy, creams and topical medications.

The surgery is known as melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation, or MKTP, and is performed in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It was performed at Henry Ford using the same technique developed by MKTP pioneer Sanjeev Mulekar, M.D., of the National Vitiligo Center in Saudi Arabia. Henry Ford is the first to perform MKTP in North America.

In Henry Ford's study, 28 patients underwent surgery and ranged in age from 18 to 60. A total of 36 MKTP procedures were performed and researchers analyzed the outcomes of 29 of them. The procedure lasted 30 minutes to two hours and patients returned home the same day.

Of the 28 surgery patients, 23 were followed for up to six months after surgery. Eighteen patients received one treatment, four patients received two and one patient received three. The ethnicity of patients was Caucasian, South Asian, African American and Hispanic.

During MKTP, melanocyte cells, which produce pigment in the skin, hair and eyes, are harvested from an area of healthy skin and separated to make a skin cell mixture. This mixture then is applied to the treatment area and covered with a specially developed adhesive biologic dressing.

Treated areas included the hands, arms, legs, feet, face and stomach. The average size of the treated area during each procedure was 46 cm2, or roughly the size of a credit card.


Contact: David Olejarz
Henry Ford Health System

Related medicine news :

1. New drug for kidney transplant recipients effective in humans
2. WellPoint/Blue Cross Liver Transplant Denial Trial Starts Monday
3. Spanish Only, Please: Special Latino Clinic Launched For Potential Abdominal Transplant Patients
4. WellPoint/Blue Cross Liver Transplant Denial Trial Begins Today, Illustrates Need for Toughening of White House Reform Plan
5. Newer cornea transplant surgery shows short- and long-term promise
6. Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills Teams Up with Mad Men Actor to Help Raise Money for His 17-Year-Old Cousins Heart Transplant
7. Two Babies Born a Year Apart After Ovary Transplant
8. Wounded Soldier Who Received Historic Cell Transplant Gets Standing Ovation at Diabetes Research Institute Benefit
9. Internal Anthem Blue Cross/WellPoint Document: Only Patients Who Push Back Get Covered Out of State Liver Transplants
10. Drug dramatically reduces nausea and vomiting in bone marrow transplant patients
11. Kidney Patients From Across South Carolina Visit State Capitol to Encourage Policies that Improve Patient Access to Life-Saving Dialysis and Transplant Care
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Skin transplant offers new hope for vitiligo patients
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... Stress, anxiety, illness, ... a parent worry about possible tumors? , Heather Spader, MD, a new pediatric neurosurgeon ... are common, some signs might point to tumors. , “Bad headaches that ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... launched at . The directory is specialized and only includes chiropractic ... is to find a competent and trustworthy alternative health practitioner when back pain ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... , ... The world of hair transplants and restoration is filled with methods ... procedures have been in use for many years and are among the most commonly ... has utilized many of these methods over the years, he also keeps an eye ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... In an effort to make it easier ... information provided directly from top experts in mesothelioma, in 2016 the International ... major cities: Houston, San Francisco, and Chicago. , “For many mesothelioma patients ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... According to an ... made a brave but slightly unusual choice to show her Instagram followers that the ... form may have been pre-mature. Saying that she didn’t “want to mislead any mommy's ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... TERRACE, Wash. and ST. LOUIS ... and Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX ) today announced ... agreement. The partnership, which began in 1999, will now ... --> --> After evaluating pharmacy benefit ... Premera concluded that Express Scripts continues to offer the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... NASHUA, N.H. , Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... today that it will feature its latest solutions ... the early identification of cancer at the Radiological ... in Chicago from November ... showcase recent product advances including iReveal®, an automated ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015 NHS ... further 20 TrueBeam™ machines from Varian Medical Systems ... ongoing program to replace older machines and institute ... the UK,s public hospitals. The order, placed in ... 50 licenses for Varian,s RapidArc® and Eclipse™ software ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: