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Favorable response of reticular erythematous mucinosis to ultraviolet B irradiation using a 308-nm excimer lamp


Ken Miyoshi, M.D., Department of Dermatology, Kochi Medical School, Kohasu, Oko-cho, Nankoku, Kochi 783-8505, Japan. Email:


Reticular erythematous mucinosis (REM) is a rare chronic mucinosis. Histologically, the presence of mucin in the upper dermis is the most specific feature. A 73-year-old woman presented to our outpatient clinic with a 4-year history of netlike macular erythema with slight edema on her left arm. She was diagnosed as having REM on the basis of the clinical picture and histological findings. She was treated with ultraviolet B irradiation using the VTRAC Excimer Lamp system with favorable response. This is the first reported case that was treated with a 308-nm excimer lamp.