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Dermatol Online J. 2003 Dec;9(5):8.

Cafe au lait has hue of its own.

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  • 1Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rechovot, Israel.


Segmental pigmentation disorder is a pigmentation disorder (hypo- or hyperpigmentation) first described some 20 years ago. It appears early in life, is segmental, and usually has a sharp border in the midline. It can be confused clinically and histologically with several pigmentary disorders, especially with giant or segmental cafe-au-lait macules. The purpose of this article is to promote, revive, and refresh this somewhat neglected entity, and to further subdivide it into two types: segmental pigmentation disorder simplex and segmental cafe-au-lait. We illustrate our contention with case reports.

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