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Solar urticaria confined to areas of bruising

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Solar urticaria is a rare immunoglobulin E-mediated photodermatosis characterized by the development of a pathognomic wheal and flare within minutes of photoexposure. A 26-year-old man presented with a history of sun-induced urticaria only in areas of pre-existing bruising, which we were able to replicate with monochromator testing. We were also able to demonstrate, by autologous in vitro studies, that a serum factor was responsible.

Keywords: bruising; ecchymosis; solar urticaria

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, Amersham Hospital, Buckinghamshire, UK

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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