Treatment of angiokeratoma of fordyce with pulsed dye laser

Moshe Lapidoth*, Dean Ad-El, Michael David, Ron Azaria

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Angiokeratomas of Fordyce are typically asymptomatic vascular lesions characterized by blue-to-red papules with a scale surface, most often located on the scrotum. Although considered benign, the lesions may bleed, either spontaneously or secondary to rupture, leading to patient anxiety and social embarrassment. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the safety and effectiveness of 585-nm pulsed dye laser for the treatment of angiokeratomas of Fordyce. METHODS: Twelve patients with Fitzpatrick skin type II to IV were treated for angiokeratomas of Fordyce with pulsed dye laser (5.5-8.0 J/cm 2) in two to six sessions. Lesion clearance was evaluated by two specialists on the basis of digital photographs taken before the first treatment and 2 months after the last treatment. RESULTS: Seven patients had an excellent response (clearance rating 75%-100%) and five patients had a good response (clearance rating 50%-755). Transient purpura and pain were present in all patients. Bleeding during treatment occurred in five patients. There were no permanent side effects. CONCLUSION: Pulsed dye laser is effective and safe for the treatment of angiokeratoma of Fordyce, with minimum side effects, providing an additional nonablative therapeutic option.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1150
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

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