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Ambulatory monitoring of ultraviolet erythema in photosensitive subjects

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Little is known about whether patients with photosensitive disorders exhibit a different ultraviolet erythema time course from subjects with a normal response to sunlight. We have described the application of an instrument for ambulatory monitoring of the development of ultraviolet erythema by a reflectance method in a group of patients with chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) and in a group of normal subjects. Investigations of the time course have been reported previously but the techniques used relied upon manual measurement. Consequently sampling frequencies have been considerably lower than the one‐minute sample rate used here. We have not demonstrated any difference in the rate at which erythema develops and peaks between patients with CAD and subjects with a normal response to sunlight.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Regional Medical Physics Department, Dryburn Hospital, Durham, United Kingdom

Publication date: 1995-02-01

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