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Treatment of keloids with surgical excision and postoperative X-ray radiation.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Sabbatsberg Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


124 patients with keloids were treated with surgical excision followed by postoperative X-ray radiation, begun within 24 hours after surgery. Only patients with a two-year keloid history were included in this study. The treatment results were evaluated 6 and 24 months after treatment. There was good correlation agreement between subjective and objective evaluations. Good or excellent results were observed in 92% of the patients. Side effects were moderate. Slight hyperpigmentation was found in 31% of the patients and telangiectasis in 15%. It was concluded that excision and early postoperative irradiation constitute effective keloid treatment.

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