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C.Y. Lin, A. Oakley, M. Rademaker, S. Hill and A. Yung Effect of narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy on melanocytic naevi British Journal of Dermatology 168

Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12168

What’s already known about this topic?

  •  Melanocytic naevi can undergo morphological changes following exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

What does this study add?

  •  Around half of naevi exposed to a course of narrowband (NB)-UVB underwent size or morphological changes.
  •  Following a course of NB-UVB treatment, reticular naevi changed by displaying blurring and merging of lines, whereas globular naevi displayed increased colour intensity and number of dots.
  •  Naevi that enlarged tended to revert to pretreatment size 3 months after discontinuation of phototherapy.

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