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Cancer Detect Prev. 1999;23(4):351-5.

5-aminolevulinic acid-mediated photodynamic therapy of intraepithelial neoplasia and human papillomavirus of the uterine cervix--a new experimental approach.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rudolfstiftung Hospital, Vienna, Austria.


The aim of this study was to treat patients for ectocervical dysplasia [cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grades 1 and 2] and associated human papilloma virus (HPV) infections with photodynamic therapy (PDT). In 20 patients, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA, 12% w/v) was applied topically with a cervical cap 8 h prior to illumination. A thermal light source (150 W halogen lamp) emitting a broadband red light (total energy: 100 J/cm2, fluence rate: 90 mW/cm2) was used for superficial illumination of the portio. In addition, an Nd:YAG pumped dye laser (652 nm) was used to illuminate the cervical canal (total energy: 50 J/cm2, fluence rate: 300 mW/cm2). Preliminary results of follow-ups at 1, 3, 6, and 9 months posttherapy showed a cytological improvement in the grading of the PAP smears in 19 patients and the eradication of cervical HPV in 80%. These results demonstrate that ectocervical dysplasia and associated HPV infections can be treated by PDT.

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