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Dermatol Surg. 2014 May;40(5):562-8. doi: 10.1111/dsu.12472. Epub 2014 Apr 9.

Prevention of thyroidectomy scars in Korean patients using a new combination of intralesional injection of low-dose steroid and pulsed dye laser starting within 4 weeks of suture removal.

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Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Regulation of inflammation during the wound healing process reduces scar formation at the injury site.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effect of intralesional injection of low-dose steroid with pulsed dye laser on healing of early postoperative thyroidectomy scars.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Twenty Korean women with thyroidectomy scars were enrolled. All were treated with an intralesional injection of low-dose steroid (2 mg/mL) and 595-nm pulsed dye laser starting within 4 weeks of suture removal. The Vancouver Scar Scale (VSS), Global Assessment Score (GAS), and Patient Satisfaction Score were used in this evaluation.

RESULTS:

Average VSS scores were significantly lower after treatment. The GAS also indicated better cosmetic outcomes after steroid injection in the laser treatment group than after laser treatment only.

CONCLUSION:

Early postoperative intralesional injection of low-dose steroid and pulsed dye laser treatment is effective and safe.

PMID:
24712703
DOI:
10.1111/dsu.12472
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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