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May 1980

Outpatient Phototherapy of Psoriasis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr LeVine is now with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(5):552-554. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640290062012

• Twenty-six outpatients with chronic plaque-type psoriasis vulgaris were treated five times weekly with topically applied white petrolatum and subsequent exposure to erythemogenic doses of ultraviolet radiation from fluorescent bulbs with a wavelength of 280 to 400 nm. All patients were cleared of psoriasis in ultraviolet-exposed sites in an average of 27 treatments. The combination of topically applied white petrolatum and ultraviolet radiation provides a convenient, cosmetically acceptable outpatient therapy for psoriasis.

(Arch Dermatol 116:552-554, 1980)