Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Dermatol Surg. 2001 Apr;27(4):355-7.

Generalized essential telangiectasia successfully treated with high-energy, long-pulse, frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser.

Author information

1
Department of Dermatology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Gudrunstr. 56, D-44791 Bochum, Germany. t.gambichler@derma.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Generalized essential telangiectasia is a rare cutaneous disorder with limited therapeutic options.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the treatment with high-energy, high-frequency, long-pulse Nd:YAG laser in a patient with generalized essential telangiectasia.

METHODS:

A 62-year-old woman presented with a 20-year history of generalized essential telangiectasia. She had extensive telangiectasias primarily on the forearms and lower legs. The patient was treated with an Nd:YAG laser using a fluence of 20 J/cm2 and a pulse width of 20 msec. A sapphire water-cooled chill tip was used to cool the skin during laser therapy. The treatment was performed every 4 weeks over a period of 6 months.

RESULTS:

After six treatment sessions an almost complete clearance of telangiectatic lesions was observed. Side effects such as purpura, scarring, and pain did not occur. After a follow-up of 6 months, small telangiectatic lesions relapsed.

CONCLUSION:

Our results suggest that the Nd:YAG laser appears to be an effective and safe treatment option for generalized essential telangiectasia.

PMID:
11298706
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wolters Kluwer
    Loading ...
    Support Center