[Skip to Navigation]
November 1986

Hydroa Vacciniforme: Diagnosis by Repetitive Ultraviolet-A Phototesting

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Eramo and Esterly) and Dermatology (Drs Eramo, Garden, and Esterly), Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(11):1310-1313. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660230102021

• Hydroa vacciniforme is a rare disorder manifested in early childhood by recurrent photoinduced vesicles that heal with scarring. We report a case in which repetitive exposures to artificial ultraviolet light in the A range reproduced the clinical findings induced by natural sunlight. Phototesting may be viewed as an important diagnostic aid, as the induction of lesions clinically identical to hydroa vacciniforme can provide a reliable criterion for the diagnosis.

(Arch Dermatol 1986;122:1310-1313)

Add or change institution