Treatment of stable vitiligo hands by ReCell system: a preliminary report

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Aug;14(8):691-4.


Background: The aim of this report was to analyze the results obtained with the ReCell system for the surgical treatment of stable vitiligo hands.

Materials and methods: One patient with stable vitiligo of the hands was admitted at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Rome Tor Vergata. The patient underwent to ReCell system for the treatment of stable vitiligo hands.

Results: The repigmentation was assessed using the Vitiligo Area Scoring index (VASI). The extent of pigmentation was scored as excellent, good, fair, and poor depending on the percentage of the repigmentation in the previously depigmented site. The color of the repigmented area was compared with the adjacent normally pigmented area. The patient had an excellent repigmentation.

Conclusions: ReCell system is a simple, safe and feasible technique. The method that uses noncultured autologous epidermal suspension is simpler, cheaper, less time consuming and does not require sophisticated laboratory facilities, when compared with methods employing cultured melanocytes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Hand / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanocytes / metabolism*
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Skin Transplantation / methods
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting / methods
  • Transplantation, Autologous / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vitiligo / therapy*