Photo-patch test



photo-patch test pho·to-patch test (fō’tō-pāch’)
n.
A test for contact photosensitization in which a patch containing the suspected sensitizer is applied to the skin for 48 hours; if there is no reaction, the area is exposed to a reddening dose of ultraviolet light; if the reaction is then positive, a more severe reaction develops at the patch site than in surrounding skin.

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