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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88-91

Q-switched Nd:YAG laser to treat nevomelanocytic nevi

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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S G Parasramani
Anisha Clinic, Mangal Sudha, SV Road, Khar, Mumbai - 400 052, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.58521

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Background : Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, a melanin pigment-specific laser was used to treat melanocytic nevi in Indian patients. Objective : To assess the clinical response of nevi to Q-switched Nd:YAG laser of 1064 nm wavelength. Materials and Methods : Nineteen patients received an average of 2.57 treatments with Q-switched Nd:YAG laser of 1064 nm wavelength, repetition rate of 10 Hz, 10 nanoseconds pulse width, and spot size of 4 mm to 6 mm with a fluence ranging from 4 to 9.7 joules/cm 2 . The clinical end point of the laser treatment was brisk whitening. The response was assessed by using a global assessment score. Results : The clinical global assessment score showed excellent response in 8/19 patients and good response in 6/19 patients. Conclusion : The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser of 1064 nm wavelength resulted in significant improvement (lightening) of nevi.

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