Volume: 2015 | Number: 1
ISSN (print): 1855-9913 | ISSN (web): 1855-9921
CASE REPORT: Combination of Er:YAG and Nd:YAG Laser for Treatment of Warts
Ana Maletic, Ines Maletic, Dusko Maletic
Cutaneous warts represent an unsightly and sometimes painful disturbance, which may resolve spontaneously. In cases where warts do not resolve, various treatment modalities are available. Laser treatment is a relatively efficient and patient-comfortable approach, although sometimes more than 4 treatment sessions are needed and there may be unresponsiveness and recurrence of deep warts. We report here on a new method combining Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser treatment. Of the 17 warts treated, all resulted in complete clearance and none showed recurrence in 2 years. The efficacy of the method can be attributable to its efficient ablation of warts without damaging the surrounding tissue, which allows for fast recovery. Additionally, Nd:YAG laser treatment effectively complements the treatment by affecting the underlying vessels, thus potentially disrupting the supply to the residual wart tissue.
Key words: viral warts, verruca, Er:YAG, Nd:YAG.
Article: J. LA&HA, Vol. 2015, OnlineFirst. Received: October 29, 2015; Accepted: November 27, 2015