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Effectiveness of PUVA vs. UVA1 phototherapy in the treatment of morphea patients

Anna Malewska-Woźniak
Agnieszka Osmola-Mañkowska
Zygmunt Adamski

Department of Dermatology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
Adv Dermatol Allergol 2022; XXXIX (4): 757-761
Online publish date: 2021/08/24
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Morphea (localized scleroderma) is an inflammatory connective tissue disease, characterized by immune system dysfunction, vasculopathy and skin fibrosing. Phototherapy has been found to be effective in treating localized scleroderma. Psoralen + ultraviolet A (PUVA) and ultraviolet A1 (UVA1) phototherapy significantly enriched therapeutic possibilities. Aim: To compare the clinical effect of PUVA photochemotherapy and UVA1 phototherapy and to evaluate the treatment response rates.

Material and methods
It was a retrospective one-centre research and observational study of all morphea patients treated with PUVA and UVA phototherapy. We reviewed phototherapy notes along with electronic and paper case records for all patients with morphea treated with PUVA and UVA1 phototherapy from January 2010 to December 2019.

The study shows that patients in both groups experienced improvement based on clinical measures, resulting in a reduction in the clinical score in all groups. There is positive short- and long-term efficacy of UVA1 and PUVA phototherapy in patients with morphea. There were no statistical differences between the treatment response rates. Limitations: We had a relatively small study sample and it was a retrospective, observational study.

Our data suggest that ultraviolet PUVA and UVA1 should be considered for the treatment of morphea with disseminated lesions or not responding to topical treatment. UVA1 is free of side effects linked to oral psoralens such as nausea, vomiting, photokeratosis, but we showed that there was no statistical advantage in the effectiveness of both. UVA1 phototherapy is, however, a less accessible form of treatment, available in the centres of higher quality.


morphea, localized scleroderma, phototherapy, UVA1, PUVA

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