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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 326--328

Extensive facial angiofibromas in tuberous sclerosis treated with carbon dioxide laserbrasion

Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Kaushal K Verma
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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PMID: 17664790

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Facial angiofibromas in systemic sclerosis cause significant cosmetic disfigurement and emotional distress. The treatment of these lesions have been a challenge because of the multiplicity of the lesions and the presence of the lesions at anatomically difficult sites. Four female patients between 12-22 years in age with extensive angiofibromas on face, nasolabial folds and chin for 2-10 years were treated with carbon dioxide (C02) laser. The lesions in all patients were vaporized with the indigenously developed C02 laser. All the patients were evaluated at 1 and 2 weeks and then every month for 6 months to assess the overall response to treatment and side effects. All the patients responded to the treatment and had an improvement of 50-80%. Transient erythema and hypopigmentation were seen in all the patients while post laser hyperpigmentation was seen in 2 patients. There were no other significant side effects. CO2 laser seems to be a good therapeutic tool for the treatment of extensive facial angiofibromas with good, cosmetically acceptable results even in dark (brown) skin patients with negligible side effects and minimal recurrences.

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