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September 1989

Porphyrialike Bullous Dermatosis After Chronic Intense Tanning Bed and/or Sunlight Exposure

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, New York Medical College, Valhalla (Dr Poh-Fitzpatrick); and the Division of Dermatology, Nashville (Tenn) Veterans Administration and Vanderbilt University Medical Centers, Nashville (Dr Ellis).

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(9):1236-1238. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670210074010

† Five fair-skinned patients had porphyrialike blisters and mechanical fragility of skin chronically exposed to intense radiation from tanning devices and/or the sun, but they had normal red blood cell, plasma, urine, and stool porphyrin levels. Use of several weak photosensitizing drugs during the year before or while developing lesions was identified or suspected in four patients.

(Arch Dermatol. 1989;125:1236-1238)