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Arch Fam Med. 1995 Dec;4(12):1035-40.

Pulsed dye laser treatment of warts.

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Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, (NY), USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the safety and efficacy of the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser for the treatment of uncomplicated and recalcitrant warts.

DESIGN:

Observational study.

PATIENTS:

A total of 142 patients with 703 recalcitrant and 25 previously untreated warts consecutively referred to two tertiary care laser centers from July 1993 through January 1994.

INTERVENTION:

Photocoagulation with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Complete resolution of treated warts after a follow-up ranging from 3 to 9 months.

RESULTS:

The overall response rates were 99% for body, limb, and anogenital warts; 95% for hand warts; 84% for plantar warts; and 83% for periungual warts. Side effects were limited and infrequent.

CONCLUSION:

Pulsed dye laser therapy is a highly effective and safe method used to selectively destroy warts without damaging the surrounding skin.

PMID:
7496552
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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