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Polymorphous light eruption: a common reaction uncommonly recognized.
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PMID:  6179365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) is usually considered to be an uncommon complaint, although the prevalence in the general population has not been studied. In a survey of 271 apparently healthy subjects, 10% gave a history consistent with a diagnosis of PMLE. The clinical characteristics in the survey cases of PMLE were similar in most respects to those of patients presenting to a clinic with this disorder. However, there was one notable exception, in that there was a striking difference between the clinic and survey cases in the amount of sunlight required to trigger the eruption. Clinic patients required a mean exposure of 30 min as compared with over 3 h in the survey cases. These findings suggest that PMLE is a common disorder but that many individuals have a high threshold of response to sunlight exposure.
W L Morison; R S Stern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta dermato-venereologica     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0001-5555     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Derm. Venereol.     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-09-24     Completed Date:  1982-09-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370310     Medline TA:  Acta Derm Venereol     Country:  SWEDEN    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Photosensitivity Disorders / epidemiology,  etiology*
Sex Factors
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