Panel issues guidelines for use of narrowband ultraviolet B light for vitiligo

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  • The Vitiligo Working Group (VWG) Phototherapy Committee has created expert recommendations with regard to use of narrowband ultraviolet B light (NBUVB) in the treatment of vitiligo.
Why this matters
  • NBUVB is a component of standard of care treatment for vitiligo.
  • There are no consistent guidelines on the dose and administration of NBUVB for vitiligo.
Study design
  • The VWG Phototherapy Committee evaluated 19 questions regarding the use of NBUVB for vitiligo over the course of 3 conference calls and created recommendations.
  • Funding: None. Some authors have relationships with Allergan, Estee Lauder, and other companies. 
Key results
  • Optimal therapy is 3 times per week, though twice a week is acceptable.
  • Initial d...