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August 1978

Hydroa Vacciniforme

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology, The Rockefeller University, New York (Dr Bickers), and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York (Drs Demar, DeLeo, Poh-Fitzpatrick, and Harber), and the Division of Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis (Dr Aronberg). Dr Bickers is now with University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(8):1193-1196. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640200047012

• Two patients with hydroa vacciniforme, a rare photodermatosis of unknown etiology, demonstrated distinctive scarring and vesiculobullous skin lesions on light-exposed body areas. Results of blood and urine porphyrin studies were normal, and no systemic abnormalities were noted. A small bullous lesion was produced in normal skin in case 1 with 15 times the minimal erythema dose of ultraviolet energy. The conditions of both patients improved while they were taking beta carotene orally.

(Arch Dermatol 114:1193-1196, 1978)