Narrow-band ultraviolet B exposure increases serum vitamin D levels in haemodialysis patients

Meri J Ala-Houhala, Katja Vähävihu, Taina Hasan, Hannu Kautiainen, Erna Snellman, Piia Karisola, Yvonne Dombrowski, Jürgen Schauber, Heikki Saha, Timo Reunala

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients are especially prone to vitamin D insufficiency. Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) treatment increases serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in dermatological patients, and we studied whether it also improves vitamin D balance in CKD patients on haemodialysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2435-40
Number of pages6
JournalNephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • 25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 1-alpha-Hydroxylase
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Skin
  • Steroid Hydroxylases
  • Ultraviolet Rays
  • Ultraviolet Therapy
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Young Adult


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