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Int J Dermatol. 2004 Aug;43(8):555-61.

Narrow-band ultraviolet B radiation: a review of the current literature.

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Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center, USA.



Narrow-Band radiation (NB-UVB) is a relatively new treatment modality for psoriasis and many practitioners may be unaware of its effectiveness and applications.


The purpose of this study is to review the literature and compare NB-UVB to both broad-band ultraviolet B radiation (BB-UVB) and psoralen plus ultraviolet A radiation (PUVA) for the treatment of psoriasis and other dermatoses.


A comprehensive Medline search of the literature was done on all citations electronically cataloged since the mid 1960s.


NB-UVB is superior to BB-UVB, but less effective than PUVA for the treatment of psoriasis, and is beneficial for the treatment of many other dermatoses.


NB-UVB is a useful and important adjust to the treatment of psoriasis.

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