UV phototherapy is very effective medical therapy

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UV phototherapy is very effective medical therapy

Postby BigDaddy » Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:50 pm


#1 New and established indications for phototherapy with narrowband UVB. M. Berneburg. Journal Der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft = Journal Of The German Society Of Dermatology: JDDG [J Dtsch Dermatol Ges], 2005 Nov; Vol. 3 (11), pp. 874-82; PMID: 16232274;

ABSTRACT: Phototherapy with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of wavelengths between 280 and 320 nm (UV-B) is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of inflammatory skin diseases. In addition to standard broad band UVB, narrow band phototherapy with fluorescent bulbs emitting near monochromatic UV between 310-315 nm has become an important treatment for diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or vitiligo. Other diseases respond favorably to narrow band UV-B phototherapy, the number of potential indications for such phototherapy is continuously growing. The differential effects of narrow band UV-B phototherapy in comparison to other UV phototherapies, as well as new and established indications for this treatment modality are reviewed.

#2 Narrow-band Ultraviolet B is a Useful and Well-Tolerated Treatment for Vitiligo. Lubomira Scherschun, MD; Jane J. Kim, MD; Henry W. Lim, MD. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. VOL 44, Number 6. June 2001

Seven diverse vitiligo patients treated for one year with narrow-band UVB therapy. Five of the seven achieved 75% repigmentation with a mean of 19 treatments.

CONCLUSION: Treatment protocol resulted in rapid repigmentation in many patients, including those with skin phototypes IV and V. In accordance with previous studies, this report indicates that narrow-band UVB is a useful and well-tolerated therapy for vitiligo.
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