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Adverse Cutaneous Reactions to UV-A

  • John A. Parrish
  • R. Rox Anderson
  • Frederick Urbach
  • Donald Pitts


Defining the action spectrum of light-induced or light-aggravated disease has theoretical importance for at least two reasons. First, this information, by indicating likely chromophores, may lead to an understanding of etiology and pathogenesis. A classical example of such a sequence was the identification of erythropoietic protoporphyria1 and its separation from the polymorphous light eruption group. Second, photoprotective agents ideally are selected by matching the action spectrum of the skin disease with the absorption spectrum of the sunscreen.


Action Spectrum Porphyria Cutanea Tarda Acute Intermittent Porphyria Adverse Cutaneous Reaction Phototoxic Reaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Parrish
    • 1
  • R. Rox Anderson
    • 1
  • Frederick Urbach
    • 2
  • Donald Pitts
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Skin and Cancer HospitalTemple University School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.College of OptometryUniversity of HoustonUSA

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