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J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2003 May;17(3):288-90.

Ingrowing nails and carbon dioxide laser surgery.

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157, rue de l'Université, Paris, France. pandre2@noos.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Ingrown nails are common in young people, surgery is often required and recurrence rates are high.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the efficacy of CO2 laser surgery.

METHODS:

Three hundred and two patients were operated with the CO2 laser under local anaesthesia.

RESULTS:

They were evaluated one year later: nine cases (3%) recurred and we observed 15 cases (5%) of spicules.

CONCLUSION:

Ingrown nails are easily operated with the CO2 laser; bleeding is minimal, post-operative pain is low, infection is rare, the wounds heal without exhudative drainage and cosmetic results are good.

PMID:
12702067
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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