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Intrapatient Comparison of 308-nm Monochromatic Excimer Light and Localized Narrow-Band UVB Phototherapy in the Treatment of Vitiligo: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
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PMID:  22269666     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Limited data are available about the use of 308-nm monochromatic excimer light (MEL) and localized 311-nm narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) in the treatment of vitiligo. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of 308-nm MEL versus localized 311-nm NB-UVB in vitiligo patients. Methods: Eleven patients participated in this prospective intrapatient placebo-controlled randomized trial. In each patient, 3 lesions were selected and treated with NB-UVB, MEL and placebo during 24 sessions, respectively. Repigmentation was evaluated clinically and by objective surface measurement. Results: Twenty percent of the lesions treated with NB-UVB achieved repigmentation scores above 50%. None of the lesions treated with MEL achieved a repigmentation higher than 50% after 24 sessions. Conclusion: Localized 311-nm NB-UVB is effective in the treatment of vitiligo. It should be considered for localized vitiligo as it is easily accessible. In this study the efficacy of localized 311-nm NB-UVB was superior to 308-nm MEL.
E Verhaeghe; E Lodewick; N van Geel; J Lambert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1421-9832     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9203244     Medline TA:  Dermatology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Dermatology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.
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