Quick Diagnosis: Melasma

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Jennifer M. Tran
An-Wen Chan


Dermatology, Melasma, Pregnancy


In this Quick Diagnosis we present a dermatological case relating to the theme of this issue of the UTMJ (Obstetrics & Gynecology).

Melasma is an acquired, symmetrical hyperpigmentation of sun-exposed areas of the body, most commonly occurring on the face. Though the pathogenesis of melasma remains unclear, precipitants for the condition include pregnancy, exogenous hormone use, genetic factors, and sun exposure. In this Quick Diagnosis we review the clinical features, epidemiology, diagnosis, pathology, and treatment for this common yet recalcitrant disorder.