Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2011 Feb;27(1):35-9
Department of Endocrinological and Medical Sciences, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy.
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Ann Dermatol Venereol 2002 Jun-Jul;129(6-7):855-8
Service de Dermatologie, CHU de Caen, Cedex, France.
Background: Contrary to other countries, in which a unique entity is recognized, two sub-groups of light eruption, benign summer light eruption and polymorphous light eruption, are identified in France. Benign summer light eruption was individualized with a few criteria: age at onset between 25-35 years old, female predominance, onset within 12 hours after an intensive exposure to sun, presence of lesions on areas which have not been regularly exposed to sunlight such as the upper chest, absence of lesions on the face, improvement during the summer period and negativity of the polychromatic phototest. In fact patients usually presenting with benign summer light eruption do not have all the criteria and they gradually develop a polymorphous light eruption. Read More
Dermatology 1997 ;194(4):388-91
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Antwerp, Belgium.
The entity 'benign summer light eruption' (BSLE) has been introduced to make a clinical subdivision in the heterogeneous group of polymorphous light eruptions (PLE). Provocation tests for PLE are not always easy to perform and require expensive apparatus. Our purpose was to evaluate a provocation test that could be readily done by a dermatologist with a UVA cabin. Read More
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2002 May;16(3):193-206
Department of Dermatology, University of Athens School of Medicine, Andreas Sygros Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, 5 Dragoumi Street, Kesariani 161 21, Athens, Greece.
Polymorphous light eruption (PLE) is a common idiopathic photosensitivity disorder with an estimated prevalence of 10-20%. It is characterized by an intermittent skin reaction to ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, consisting of non-scarring pruritic erythematous papules, vesicles or plaques that develop on light-exposed skin. Despite the different morphology in different individuals, the eruption tends to have a monomorphous presentation in any single subject. Read More
Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2005 Feb;21(1):53-5
Department of Dermatology, Purpan Hospital, TSA 40031, 31059 Toulouse cedex 9, France.
We report the case of a young woman with a single history of benign summer light eruption (BSLE) who developed delayed onset annular lupus-like lesions triggered by a polychromatic phototest, 6 weeks after the irradiation. BSLE of French authors is an idiopathic photodermatosis that corresponds to the minor form of polymorphic light eruption (PLE) of Anglo-Saxon authors. This patient may develop a true lupus erythematosus in the future as indicated by this lupus-like phototriggering and in view of the high prevalence of PLE in lupus patients. Read More