The idiopathic photodermatoses

James Ferguson, Sally Ibbotson

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    The idiopathic photodermatoses present a challenge for dermatologists. Although, as in other specialty areas, the classical clinical presentation produces few problems, it is the severe forms and overlap cases that cause the most difficulty. It is fortunate that the semi-objective investigation of phototesting is available, which, when conducted carefully, reveals so much about the nature of this group of conditions. This essential investigation not only helps achieve a diagnosis, but also affords material for study and a means of monitoring therapy response or progress towards spontaneous resolution. Although these conditions are grouped together, throughout this century we have seen a continuing process of distinct diseases emerging as a consequence of careful clinical observation and investigation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-273
    Number of pages17
    JournalSeminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


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    • Age Factors
    • Hypersensitivity, Delayed
    • Diagnosis, Differential
    • Sex Factors
    • Photosensitivity Disorders
    • Humans
    • Urticaria
    • Genetic Predisposition to Disease


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