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What tests can be done to detect various skin pigmentation disorders?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 25 years experience
Depends on...: There are many skin pigmentation disorders. It could be related to systemic disorders such as addison's disease, hemochromatosis, or cirrhosis, etc... If suspected, there are blood test that your doctor can check to diagnose your condition. Many drugs can cause dyspigmentation, such as minocycline, amiodarone, etc.... These are diagnosed based on the clinical pattern of dyspigmentation.
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Skin biopsy: Many pigmentary disorders are diagmosed clinically, by the way they look, and associated symptoms. If there is doubt, a skin biopsy can be helpful.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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