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June 1963

Occupational Ultraviolet Light and Skin Disease: Two Case Reports

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute. National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, US Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(6):691-692. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590180019003

A case of discoid lupus erythematosus and a case of a polymorphous light eruption are reported. The former was initiated by occupational ultraviolet light exposure. The second case was elicited by occupational exposure in a patient who had a ten-year history of sunlight sensitivity. Occupational exposure to ultraviolet light should be a consideration in light-sensitivity disease especially when the lesion is in an unusual location, as in our first patient, or at an unusual time of the year, as in our second patient.