Get access

Investigation of photosensitive disorders

Authors


Corresponding author:
Gillian M. Murphy
National Photodermatology Unit
Beaumont and Mater Hospitals
Dublin
Ireland
Tel: 353 18375058
Fax: 353 18368215
e-mail: gmmurphy@iol.ie

Abstract

Investigation of photodermatosis is based primarily on the history and clinical findings, histological, immunological and biochemical findings are variably helpful depending on the clinical picture. Formal testing for photosensitivity may be the only definitive test proving photosensitivity on occasion.

This article delineates the important features which allow classification of patients which then enables appropriate treatment.

Ancillary