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Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2008 Mar;27(1):94-100. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2008.02.002.

Selected applications of technology in the pediatric dermatology office.

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Department of Dermatology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY 10025, USA.


The pediatric dermatologist is equipped with several diagnostic and therapeutic tools that can be used in the office. The Wood's lamp, introduced nearly a century ago, continues to be a safe, noninvasive diagnostic tool used today for diagnosing cutaneous infections, pigmentary disorders, and porphyrias. The pulsed dye laser is the treatment of choice for vascular lesions and has an expanding list of other applications, such as warts, which are extremely common in the pediatric population. Dermoscopy has emerged as an effective adjunctive tool in the in vivo examination of pigmented skin lesions and early diagnosis of cutaneous malignant melanoma. Other uses are also being explored including diagnosis of scabies. Future directions of technology in the pediatric dermatology office include implementation of electronic medical record systems and treatment of conditions such as molluscum, warts, and acne vulgaris with photodynamic therapy.

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