Background. Phototherapy is a treatment modality utilizing non-ionizing radiation which may be used for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, other forms of chronic eczema, vitiligo, and other inflammatory dermatologic conditions.
Objectives. This study aimed to describe the clinical profile
of phototherapy patients at the Dermatology Center of the St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City. Philippines (SLMC-QC) from December 2002 to October 2013.
Me/hods. This was a retrospective cross-sectional study involving chart review. Participants were all patients who underwent phototherapy at the said unit during the specified time period.The following were described: total number of patients, demographics, frequency of use of each mode of phototherapy, dermatologic indications, average number of patient visits, average number of repeat courses, average number of sessions per course for patients with more than one course, rate of treatment success, reasons for discontinuation of treatment, and presence or absence of adverse reactions.
Results. There was a total of 493 phototherapy patients
from 2002 to October 2013. Narrowband UVB was the common modality used. More than half of these patients were in early to middle adulthood. Sex distribution was more or less equal. Majority were of skin phototype IV.
Conclusion. The results of this study are generally consistent with the llterature. Psoriasis, eczemas, vitiligo, and cutaneous lymphoma were the top dermatologic indications for phototherapy in this institution during the said period. Rate of treatment success was generally high for all dermatologic indications. Adverse effects were minimal, mostly being erythema post-procedure, without being severe enough as to lead to discontinuation of therapy.
Key words. phototherapy, clinical profile, chart review