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CESTARI, Tania F.; PESSATO, Simone and CORREA, Gustavo Pinto. Phototherapy: clinical indications. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2007, vol.82, n.1, pp.7-21. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962007000100002.
Phototherapy uses repeated controlled ultraviolet exposures to alter cutaneous biology, aiming to induce remission or control progression of skin diseases. This is an overview of the current practice of phototherapy applying ultraviolet radiation alone, in combination with photosensitizers or other medications. The mechanisms of action, the most accepted indications, regimens of prescription and side effects will also be discussed.
Keywords : Photochemotherapy; Photopheresis; Phototherapy; PUVA therapy; Uses of radiation.