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Falknor's needling method as a potential immunotherapy in palmo-plantar warts

1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, GMC, Kota, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of General Surgery, GMC, Kota, Rajasthan, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_809_17

PMID: 30467272

Background and Aim: Treatment of palmoplantar warts is a challenge for dermatologists. We aimed to study the efficacy and safety of Falknor's needling method in palmoplantar warts. Methods: In an open, nonrandomized study, the index wart of eligible patients was punctured several times with a 26-gauge needle to produce a “beefy” red wound. Patients were followed up to 6 months. Results: Out of 82 patients, complete resolution occurred in 58 (70.7%) and partial response in 5 (6.1%) patients. Nine (10.9%) patients developed secondary infection. Limitations: Small sample size, No comparison group. Conclusion: Falknor's needling method provides a high rate of complete resolution after a single treatment session. It is easy to perform and is cost effective.

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