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Photosensitivity diseases related to interior lighting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3865591     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The most frequently used source of indoor lighting is the fluorescent tube. Although there are major variations in phosphors, the majority of these lamps are safe, efficient, and economical illuminators. These fluorescent light sources are currently our primary source of visible light; however, they emit small amounts of ultraviolet A light (UVA) as well as a somewhat larger percentage of infrared radiation. Photosensitivity diseases have been reported in each of these three broad wavelength bands. Specific examples include heat urticaria from infrared exposure, contact photosensitivity of the phototoxic type following exposure to dyes and visible light, and two relatively rare but disabling conditions from ultraviolet A exposure--solar urticaria and contact photosensitivity of the photoallergic type (persistent light reaction). During the past five years, eight patients with photosensitivity induced by musk ambrette and UVA have been treated at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; six of these have been severely disabled and satisfy the criteria for persistent light reactors. Fifteen patients with solar urticaria have also been observed. Ten of these had reactions in the UVA range. The clinical and laboratory findings of these two groups of patients were presented.
L C Harber; G B Whitman; R B Armstrong; V A Deleo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  453     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  1985  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-12-31     Completed Date:  1985-12-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  317-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Dermatitis, Contact / etiology
Dinitrobenzenes / adverse effects
Lighting / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Photosensitivity Disorders / etiology*
Ultraviolet Rays
Urticaria / etiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dinitrobenzenes; 83-66-9/musk ambrette (artificial)

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