Indian Journal of Dermatology
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 399--402

Impact on quality of life in vitiligo patients treated with narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy


Yatendra S Chahar, Pramod Kumar Singh, Vijay Kumar Sonkar, Inder Rajani, Mohammad Adil 
 Departments of Dermatology and Venereology, S N Medical College, Agra, and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Inder Rajani
OPD No. 15, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, S N Medical College, Agra - 282 002, Uttar Pradesh
India

Context: Vitiligo is a psychosocial problem which significantly affects quality of life in Indian scenario. Aims: The purpose of this study was to compare the changes in quality of life in patients of vitiligo before and after treatment with narrowband ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy. Subjects and Methods: A total of 54 patients had completed the study. The age ranged between 16 and 70 years with a mean age of 26.77±14.2 years. The initial dose of NBUVB was 300 mJ/cm2 in adults and 150 mJ/cm2 in children twice weekly with 20% dose increment on subsequent visits. It was given for a maximum period of 6 months and was followed up for another 6 months to determine stability of repigmentation. Results: The average number of exposure given to the patients was 45.63±12.74 while the mean irradiation cumulative dose was 39.8 J/cm2. Mean Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) of the vitiligo patients was 8.64±4.32 while those patients with acrofacial vitiligo had a mean DLQI of 11.78±5.61. After treatment with NBUVB, mean DLQI of all vitiligo patients was significantly reduced to 5.86±2.15 (P<0.01). Conclusions: This study showed that phototherapy had a positive therapeutic outcome in vitiligo, especially in younger patients. Even a small, depigmented lesion in a child could be psychosocially devastating.


How to cite this article:
Chahar YS, Singh PK, Sonkar VK, Rajani I, Adil M. Impact on quality of life in vitiligo patients treated with narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy.Indian J Dermatol 2018;63:399-402


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Chahar YS, Singh PK, Sonkar VK, Rajani I, Adil M. Impact on quality of life in vitiligo patients treated with narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 7 ];63:399-402
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