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Dermatol Surg. 2002 May;28(5):434-6.

Use of CO2 laser in the treatment of periungual fibromas associated with tuberous sclerosis.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant disorder with variable clinical expression. In severe forms it may involve almost any organ system. Periungual fibromas are a common cutaneous manifestation and a frequent source of cosmetic and functional concern. Current treatment involves surgical excision of the lesions.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate laser vaporization of periungual fibromas and to compare results to the standard surgical treatment.

METHODS:

A patient with tuberous sclerosis and recurrent periungual fibromas was treated with a continuous wave CO2 laser in sequential focused and defocused modes at 10-15 W.

RESULTS:

Laser treatment required approximately 10 seconds per lesion and produced no intraoperative bleeding. The wounds healed well with good cosmetic results.

CONCLUSION:

Though similar to conventional surgery in terms of cosmetic satisfaction, CO2 laser presents a viable alternative to surgery through significantly reduced treatment time and amount of bleeding.

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