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Therapeutic evaluation of UVB-targeted phototherapy in vitiligo that affects less than 10% of the body surface area.
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PMID:  19416388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Current treatments for vitiligo include different therapeutic modalities, such as corticosteroids, immunomodulators, pseudocatalase, skin grafts, diverse types of phototherapy [ultraviolet B (UVB), psoralen plus UVA (PUVA), narrow-band UVB (NB-UVB)], and, recently, targeted phototherapy. After a literature search, we found only two studies using different targeted broad-band UVB units for the treatment of vitiligo. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the repigmentation response induced with broad-band, UVB-targeted phototherapy used as monotherapy in patients with vitiligo affecting less than 10% of the skin surface. METHODS: Twelve patients were recruited for treatment with 30 sessions of UVB-targeted phototherapy administered twice weekly. The assessment of repigmentation was made from a comparison of baseline photographs with those after 30 sessions by two independent investigators. Morphometric analysis was performed using a computer program. RESULTS: Repigmentation with an average of 66.25% was obtained on lesions of the face, and of 31.5% on the neck, trunk, and genitalia. On the extremities, there was no repigmentation. Itching, a burning sensation, erythema, desquamation, and transitory hyperpigmentation were observed in some patients. Minimal blistering and ulceration were observed in one patient. CONCLUSION: Targeted UVB phototherapy seems to be effective for the repigmentation of vitiligo in lesions located on the face, to a lesser degree on the trunk, and with no response in acral lesions; there were minimal adverse effects that did not require discontinuation of treatment.
Oliverio Welsh; M E Herz-Ruelas; Minerva Gómez; Jorge Ocampo-Candiani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of dermatology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1365-4632     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-06     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243704     Medline TA:  Int J Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  529-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital UANL Dr José Eleuterio González, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Treatment Outcome
Ultraviolet Therapy*
Vitiligo / therapy*

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