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Treatment of port-wine stain birthmarks using the 1.5-msec pulsed dye laser at high fluences in conjunction with cryogen spray cooling.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11966787     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The majority of port-wine stain (PWS) patients treated with the pulsed dye laser (PDL) do not achieve complete blanching. Safe administration of higher fluences has been proposed as a means of improving treatment efficacy. OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety and efficacy of PWS treatment with the 1.5-msec PDL at high fluences in conjunction with cryogen spray cooling. METHODS: Twenty PWS patients were treated with the PDL in combination with cryogen spray cooling utilizing a 7 or 10 mm spot size and fluences ranging from 6 to 15 J/cm2. Before and after treatment photographs were compared on a blinded basis. RESULTS: No scarring or skin textural changes occurred. Blanching scores were as follows: 20% of patients achieved 75% or greater blanching after an average of 3.3 treatments, 30% achieved 50-74% blanching, 20% achieved 25-49% blanching, and 30% achieved less than 25% blanching. CONCLUSION: In conjunction with cryogen spray cooling, the PDL can be safely used at high fluences. At this time it is not clear that the use of higher fluences improves treatment efficacy; however, as other aspects of PWS laser treatment are optimized, safe administration of higher fluences is likely to be advantageous.
Kristen M Kelly; Vandana S Nanda; J Stuart Nelson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-22     Completed Date:  2002-05-09     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, University of California, Irvine 92612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Face / surgery
Laser Therapy, Low-Level / methods*
Middle Aged
Port-Wine Stain / radiotherapy*
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