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J Cutan Med Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec;14(6):303-6. doi: 10.2310/7750.2010.09070.

Successful treatment of atrophic scars from cutaneous leishmaniasis using a fractional laser.

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Dermatology Department, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. kingderm@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis can lead to unsightly atrophic scars, which have limited treatment options. There is a scarcity of literature on its treatment modalities. Fractional lasers have been successfully used in treating a variety of skin conditions with minimal downtime and side effects.

METHODS:

We report a successful treatment of a 25-year-old female patient with an atrophic scar from cutaneous leishmaniasis on the nose with a fractional laser (Fraxel Re:store SR 1500). Ten treatment sessions were performed at a pulse energy of 45 to 70 mJ. The treatment response was assessed by comparing pre- and posttreatment clinical photographs.

RESULTS:

After three sessions, the patient observed 40% improvement. More than 90% improvement was noticed after the tenth session. No significant adverse effects were noted. The improvement was persistent at the 3-month follow-up.

CONCLUSION:

The excellent improvement in this patient should encourage further studies to achieve more efficacy and optimize the treatment parameters.

PMID:
21084024
DOI:
10.2310/7750.2010.09070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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