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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-30

The effectiveness of cutaneous wart resolution with current treatment modalities


Department of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Sarah A Ringin
University of Notre Dame, Sydney, NSW.
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_62_19

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Non-venereal warts are a frequent dermatological presentation with potential spontaneous regression in immunocompetent adults and children within 2 years. Evidence shows that conventional wart treatments are not a guaranteed treatment modality and can carry concerns regarding safety. The aim of this literature review was to identify the most effective treatments for wart resolution to guide clinical practice while identifying areas for further research.A systematic literature review was performed to determine the current treatment modalities for non-anogenital cutaneous warts in immunocompetent individuals and their effectiveness. Articles were categorized into one of eight groups depending on anatomical location, population age, or recalcitrant status with ranked levels of evidence.This literature review highlights a variety of treatments for non-venereal warts shown to be effective. In this instance where optimal evidence-based treatments are not available, clinical experience determines the most appropriate clinical practice.Further reproducible immunotherapy research on wart resolution is required to enable clear comparisons of these treatment modalities to conventional methods. Future clinical practice will require the human papillomavirus type to target the wart treatment accordingly; however, further research is required to determine these correlations.


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