Two cases of generalized lichen nitidus treated successfully with narrow-band UV-B phototherapy

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Abstract

Background

Narrow-band ultraviolet (UV) phototherapy has not been used in the treatment of lichen nitidus.

Aim

To report two cases of generalized lichen nitidus successfully treated with narrow-band UV-B phototherapy.

Methods

A 7-year-old girl presented with a persisting, asymptomatic, papular eruption refractory to topical steroid for 3 months. Another 10-year-old boy presented with an asymptomatic papular eruption present for 6 months. The histopathologies of both lesions were consistent with lichen nitidus. The lesions were treated with narrow-band UV-B phototherapy.

Results

The lesions of the patients were almost completely cleared after the 30th and the 17th irradiation, respectively.

Conclusions

Narrow-band UV-B may be an effective alternative therapy for the treatment of generalized lichen nitidus unresponsive to common therapies.

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