Genital Vitiligo Following Use of Imiquimod 5% Cream

Indian J Dermatol. 2011 May;56(3):335-6. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.82501.


Imiquimod is a small molecule with adjuvant pro-inflammatory effects that can be topically delivered as a cream for treating external genital and perianal warts. In our report, two Chinese males at the ages of 25 and 22 years were treated with imiquimod 5% cream for recurrent condyloma accuminatum, three times per week for 18 and 12. weeks, respectively. Depigmentation were noted and gradually enlarged in the treated areas after the two patients discontinued imiquimod. Therefore, clinicians should be made aware of the possible pigmentary changes associated with application of this cream.

Keywords: Genital; imiquimod; vitiligo.