Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy in Dermatology

Authored by: Piergiacomo Calzavara-Pinton , Mariachiara Arisi , Bernhard Ortel , Mariateresa Rossi

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-63

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Abstract

Phototherapy is the use of nonionizing [ultraviolet (UV), visible, or infrared], electromagnetic radiation in the treatment of skin diseases. In dermatology, phototherapy commonly refers to UV phototherapy. Its goal is to suppress ongoing disease processes via the prevention, modulation, or abrogation of pathogenic mechanisms that cause the disease itself [1].

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