[New and established indications for phototherapy with narrowband UVB]

J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2005 Nov;3(11):874-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2005.05072.x.
[Article in German]


Phototherapy with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of wavelengths between 280 and 320 nm (UV-B) is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of inflammatory skin diseases. In addition to standard broad band UVB, narrow band phototherapy with fluorescent bulbs emitting near monochromatic UV between 310-315 nm has become an important treatment for diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or vitiligo. Other diseases respond favorably to narrow band UV-B phototherapy, the number of potential indications for such phototherapy is continuously growing. The differential effects of narrow band UV-B phototherapy in comparison to other UV phototherapies, as well as new and established indications for this treatment modality are reviewed.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • PUVA Therapy / methods
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents / administration & dosage
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Skin Diseases / radiotherapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultraviolet Therapy / methods*


  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents