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    Polymorphous light eruption under the Mediterranean sun: a clinico-epidemiological and photobiological study.
    Eur J Dermatol 2016 Jun;26(3):304-6
    Photobiology Unit, "Andreas Sygros" Hospital for Skin, Venereal Diseases, First Department of Dermatology, University of Athens Medical School, Greece - 5 I Dragoumi Str, 16121 Athens.

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    Spectrum of idiopathic photodermatoses in a Mediterranean country.
    Int J Dermatol 2003 Jun;42(6):449-54
    Photobiology Unit, Department of Dermatology, National University of Athens, School of Medicine, Andreas Sygros Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Athens, Greece.
    Background: Idiopathic photodermatoses are considered to be common disorders in the population of northern latitude countries, presumably because of the dominance of more "sun-sensitive" individuals with a light-skinned complexion. The incidence of these disorders in the Mediterranean or tropical countries is often under-appreciated because of the higher degree of perennial presence of sunlight and the prevalence of darker skin-type individuals who are seemingly more resistant to the development of sun sensitivity.

    Methods: We performed a retrospective, chart-based review of all patients who were diagnosed with idiopathic photodermatoses at a photodermatology referral center in Athens, Greece, during a period of 10 years. Read More
    [Does benign summer light eruption exist?].
    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
    Polymorphous light eruption and benign summer light eruption in Italy.
    Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2011 Feb;27(1):35-9
    Department of Endocrinological and Medical Sciences, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy.
    Background/purpose: Polymorphous light eruption (PLE) heterogeneity has been postulated, but the existence of benign summer light eruption (BSLE) is controversial. We studied the prevalence of the clinical patterns, criteria distinguishing BSLE from PLE, and diagnostic usefulness of phototest.

    Methods: Five Italian Photodermatology Centres recruited retrospectively 346 patients with typical clinical history and/or presentation of PLE. Read More