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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Medknow Publications on behalf of The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL)
ISSN: 0378-6323
EISSN: 0378-6323
Vol. 77, No. 2, 2011, pp. 148-155
Bioline Code: dv11043
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Vol. 77, No. 2, 2011, pp. 148-155

 en Evaluation of photopatch test allergens for Indian patients of photodermatitis: Preliminary results
Jindal, Nidhi; Sharma, Nand Lal.; Mahajan, Vikram Kumar.; Shanker, Vinay; Tegta, Gita Ram. & Verma, Ghanshyam Kumar.

Abstract

Background: There is a strong need to develop a photopatch test tray suitable for Indian patients of photodermatitis as European/Scandinavian photopatch test trays may not be wholly relevant for them. Aim: We carried out this study using photoallergens relevant in the Indian context to determine their relevance in patients of photodermatitis. Methods: Thirty patients (M:F, 23:7) between 19 and 76 years of age of photodermatitis and 10 controls were patch- and photopatch tested with 20 common photoallergens. In addition, the patients were also (photo) patch tested with articles of daily use as and when these were suspected to be the cause. Results: Forty-three positive reactions to one or more antigens were seen in 22 (74%) patients. Fourteen positive photopatch tests to seven allergens were observed in 10 (33%) patients, and nine (30%) of them had a definite relevance. The most common contact allergen was fragrance mix (FM) (30%), followed by p-phenylenediamine (20%) and Parthenium hysterophorous (17%). The definite relevance of the patch- and photopatch tests could be correlated in 47% of these patients. Conclusions: FM is the most common contact and photocontact allergen among the various photopatch test antigens. Although differences in technique and evaluation make direct comparison between different centers difficult, still photopatch testing remains an integral part and gold standard for the work-up of the photosensitive patients.

Keywords
Photo dermatitis, photopatch test, captan, fragrance mix

 
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