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March 1993

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Author Affiliations

From the 67th Medical Group (TAC), Bergstrom Air Force Base, Tex (Dr Leopold), and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pa) (Dr Tunnessen).

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(3):311-312. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160270073023

Denouement and Discussion 


Background  Phytophotodermatitis is a form of direct skin damage produced by the reaction of psoralenlike chemicals from plants with UV light. Certain individuals who come in contact with plants that contain furocoumarins (psoralens) develop localized reactions on the affected skin surfaces after exposure to solar radiation. The cutaneous reactions range from hyperpigmentation to erythema and, much less commonly, vesicles and bullae. The lesions appear 5 to 18

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