Photodynamic therapy for psoriasis?

Australas J Dermatol. 1996 May;37(2):87-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.1996.tb01011.x.


Photodynamic therapy (PDT), the activation of a photosensitive compound by high intensity red light, is useful for Bowens' disease, thin basal carcinomata and as an adjunctive therapy for various internal malignancies. Its use in the treatment of psoriasis has been attempted only quite recently and some modest success achieved. These clinical experiences are reviewed and the rationale for using PDT for psoriasis is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aminolevulinic Acid / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Photochemotherapy*
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy*
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents / therapeutic use
  • Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy


  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
  • Aminolevulinic Acid