Photosensitivity: The 9-year experience at a Sydney
Contact Dermatitis Clinic.
Lee PA, Freeman S.
The Skin and Cancer
Foundation Australia, Darlinghurst, New South Wales,
In this retrospective study, 81 patients with
photosensitivity were referred to the Contact and
Occupational Dermatitis Clinic at The Skin and Cancer
Foundation Australia, in Sydney, between 1991 and 1999.
Photoallergic contact dermatitis (PACD) was diagnosed in
39.5% of patients, with 87.5% of these reactions being
to sunscreen chemicals.
Polymorphic light eruption (PMLE) accounted for 19.7%
of cases, drug photosensitivity 14.8%, and
photoaggravated atopic dermatitis and chronic actinic
dermatitis (CAD) each constituted 7.4%. Compared with
overseas studies, there was a high incidence of PACD,
possibly reflecting the referral bias and widespread use
studies from cooler climates overseas. No cause could be
determined for three photosensitive patients.
PMID: 12423437 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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