Response to Narrow-band UVB – Vitiligo-melasma versus Vitiligo

A Comparative Study

Parikshit Sharma; Harsha S. Pai; Ganesh S. Pai; Maria Kuruvila; Reshma Kolar


Am J Clin Dermatol. 2011;12(2):127-132. 

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The results of our study show that patients with both vitiligo and melasma achieve earlier and more extensive repigmentation on the face and limbswithNB-UVB treatment compared with patients with vitiligo alone.

It is thus recommended that patients with both vitiligo and melasma with face or limb involvement are treated with NB-UVB phototherapy. A controlled study involving psoralen plus UVA may be conducted to see if treatment of patients with truncal vitiligo, with and without melasma, is superior to NB-UVB phototherapy alone.


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