Chapter 63. Polymorphic Light Eruption (PLE)

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Robert S. Dawe MBChB, MD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist Honorary Senior Lecturer1 and
  2. James Ferguson MR, FRCP Professor of Dermatology2

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch63

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Dawe, R. S. and Ferguson, J. (2008) Polymorphic Light Eruption (PLE), in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch63

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, UK

  2. 2

    Photobiology Unit, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • papular polymorphic light eruption;
  • polymorphous light eruption (PLE);
  • PLE - recurrent abnormal reaction to sunlight (or artificial ultraviolet radiation);
  • treatments - prophylactic and suppressive;
  • psoralen ultraviolet A (PUVA) in PLE prevention episodes;
  • actinic prurigo and HLA-DR4;
  • PLE and repeated prophylactic phototherapy;
  • HLA typing in classifying photodermatosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Questions

  • References