Narrowband UV-B phototherapy in the treatment of cutaneous graft versus host disease

Marcella Grundmann-Kollmann, Hans Martin, Ralf Ludwig, Stefan Klein, Wolf Henning Boehncke, Dieter Hoelzer, Roland Kaufmann, Maurizio Podda*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is an important problem following allogenic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). The beneficial effects of photochemotherapy with psoralens plus UVA irradiation (PUVA) have been described repeatedly; however, PUVA is limited by a wide range of unwanted effects. A novel improved form of UV-B phototherapy, narrowband UV-B, has been proven to be very effective in T-cell mediated dermatoses. Therefore, we investigated the effect of narrowband UV-B phototherapy (5 times per week) in 10 patients with cutaneous GVHD (grade 2-3) resistant to standard immunosuppressive drugs. It was tolerated well by all patients, and no side effects were observed. Skin lesions showed complete clearance in 7 out of 10 patients within 3 to 5 weeks. 3 patients showed significant improvement of GVHD. We suggest that narrowband UV-B phototherapy is a nonaggressive treatment that may benefit patients with cutaneous GVHD who already take high doses of immunosuppressive drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1631-1634
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 15.12.2002


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