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September 2007

Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Melanoma Surveillance Following Phototherapy for Jaundice

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(9):1209-1226. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.9.1216-a

Matichard et al1 reported an association between receipt of blue-light phototherapy for neonatal jaundice and numbers of melanocytic nevi at least 2 mm in diameter at age 8 or 9 years. Although they stated that their results “should be interpreted with caution,”1(p1603) they concluded that exposed children “should undergo dermatologic preventive measures and surveillance for the development of melanoma.”1(p1599)

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