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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 406-408

The Effectiveness of cryosurgery combined with curettage and electrodessication in the treatment of keratoacanthoma: A retrospective analysis of 90 cases

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Andreas Syggros Hospital of Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases, Cryosurgery Unit, Athens, Greece

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George D Leotsakos
Andreas Syggros Hospital, Athens
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_202_18

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Background: There are several treatment options for keratoacanthoma (KA). However, there are limited data available on the use of cryosurgery. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a combination treatment for KA and to evaluate the cosmetic outcome. Materials and Methods: The combination treatment incorporates the use of curettage, electrodessication, and cryotherapy. A retrospective study was conducted on 90 patients with KA who had been treated with this method between 2000 and 2014. The follow-up period lasted 2 years and photographs were available for every visit of the patients to the department. Results: The success rate was found to be 97.8%. No serious adverse events were observed. No infections were reported. The cosmetic outcome was evaluated as excellent for all patients. Discussion: The combination method appears to combine the advantages of both destructive treatment and surgical excision. It appears to be a safe and effective treatment method. However, there are certain limitations to this study. Conclusions: More studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of this method.

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