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Two cases of generalized lichen nitidus treated successfully with narrow-band UV-B phototherapy

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Abstract Background 

Narrow-band ultraviolet (UV) phototherapy has not been used in the treatment of lichen nitidus. Aim 

To report two cases of generalized lichen nitidus successfully treated with narrow-band UV-B phototherapy. Methods 

A 7-year-old girl presented with a persisting, asymptomatic, papular eruption refractory to topical steroid for 3 months. Another 10-year-old boy presented with an asymptomatic papular eruption present for 6 months. The histopathologies of both lesions were consistent with lichen nitidus. The lesions were treated with narrow-band UV-B phototherapy. Results 

The lesions of the patients were almost completely cleared after the 30th and the 17th irradiation, respectively. Conclusions 

Narrow-band UV-B may be an effective alternative therapy for the treatment of generalized lichen nitidus unresponsive to common therapies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-05-01

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