The Vitiligo Working Group recommendations for narrowband ultraviolet B light phototherapy treatment of vitiligo

Tasneem F. Mohammad, Mohammed Al-Jamal, Iltefat H. Hamzavi, John E. Harris, Giovanni Leone, Raúl Cabrera, Henry W. Lim, Amit G. Pandya, Samia M. Esmat

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Background Treatment of vitiligo with narrowband ultraviolet B light (NBUVB) is an important component of the current standard of care. However, there are no consistent guidelines regarding the dosing and administration of NBUVB in vitiligo, reflected by varied treatment practices around the world. Objective To create phototherapy recommendations to facilitate clinical management and identify areas requiring future research. Methods The Vitiligo Working Group (VWG) Phototherapy Committee addressed 19 questions regarding the administration of phototherapy over 3 conference calls. Members of the Photomedicine Society and a group of phototherapy experts were surveyed regarding their phototherapy practices. Results Based on comparison and analysis of survey results, expert opinion, and discussion held during conference calls, expert recommendations for the administration of NBUVB phototherapy in vitiligo were created. Limitations There were several areas that required further research before final recommendations could be made. In addition, no standardized methodology was used during literature review and to assess the strength of evidence during the development of these recommendations. Conclusion This set of expert recommendations by the VWG is based on the prescribing practices of phototherapy experts from around the world to create a unified, broadly applicable set of recommendations on the use of NBUVB in vitiligo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-888
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017


  • UVB
  • expert recommendation
  • narrowband phototherapy
  • pigmentation
  • vitiligo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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