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Dermatol Surg. 2000 Apr;26(4):319-22.

Treatment of multiple cutaneous leiomyomas with CO2 laser ablation.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cutaneous leiomyomas are benign tumors that can be exquisitely painful. Symptomatic lesions often necessitate treatment, but many options are inadequate or create substantial morbidity. Without a definitive therapy of first choice, the search continues for alternative methods to alleviate discomfort in affected patients.

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the use of CO2 laser ablation for the symptomatic treatment of a 73-year-old woman with multiple cutaneous leiomyomas in whom pharmacologic therapy was contraindicated and surgical excision was impractical.

METHODS:

CO2 laser ablation of six symptomatic cutaneous leiomyomas was performed under local anesthesia. After initial success, all remaining symptomatic lesions were treated.

RESULTS:

There was complete pain relief in the originally treated lesions 9 months postoperatively, and in all remaining treated lesions 3 months postoperatively.

CONCLUSION:

CO2 laser ablation may be an effective alternative treatment for symptomatic cutaneous leiomyomas.

PMID:
10759817
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