Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 183--187

Evaluation of carbon dioxide laser in the treatment of epidermal nevi


Yasmeen Jabeen Bhat1, Iffat Hassan1, Peerzada Sajad1, Atiya Yaseen1, Syed Mubashir1, Saniya Akhter1, Roohi Wani2 
1 Department of Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Leprosy, Government Medical College, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Correspondence Address:
Yasmeen Jabeen Bhat
Department of Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Leprosy, Government Medical College, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
India

Background: Epidermal naevi are benign hamartomatous growths of the skin which are generally asymptomatic with a benign course but are cosmetically disagreeable. Topical treatments such as steroids, calcipotriol, 5 fluorouracil, podophyllin, retinoids and cryotherapy are ineffective and surgical excision results in scar formation. Therapy is often challenging. Aim of the Study: To study the response of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser in the management of epidermal naevi. Subjects and Methods: We conducted a study of CO2laser treatment on 15 patients of epidermal naevi, eight with verrucous epidermal naevi and seven with sebaceous naevi. A thorough history and examination was done to rule out any epidermal naevus syndrome. The diagnosis was confirmed by histopathology. The number of treatment sessions varied from 1 to 8. Results: Response was excellent (>90% reduction in lesion size) in three patients, very good (>75% reduction) in five, good (>50% reduction in lesion size) in five and poor (<50% reduction in lesion size) in two patients. The side effects were hyperpigmentation and scarring. Long-term follow-up over a period of 10 months showed a recurrence rate of 20%. Conclusion: We conclude that CO2laser treatment might be an effective option with long-term safety, minimal discomfort and rapid recovery.


How to cite this article:
Bhat YJ, Hassan I, Sajad P, Yaseen A, Mubashir S, Akhter S, Wani R. Evaluation of carbon dioxide laser in the treatment of epidermal nevi.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2016;9:183-187


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Bhat YJ, Hassan I, Sajad P, Yaseen A, Mubashir S, Akhter S, Wani R. Evaluation of carbon dioxide laser in the treatment of epidermal nevi. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Sep 27 ];9:183-187
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