Erbium:YAG laser pretreatment accelerates the response of Bowen's disease treated by topical 5-fluorouracil.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
BACKGROUND: Topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is a standard treatment for Bowen's disease. However, its efficacy may be limited by the presence of stratum corneum. The Er:YAG laser has shown a dramatic enhancement effect on the delivery of 5-FU in vitro by ablation of the stratum corneum. The efficacy of laser-assisted delivery of 5-FU has not been tested in human. OBJECTIVE: To see whether Er:YAG laser pretreatment can improve the efficacy of topical 5-FU in the treatment of Bowen's disease. METHODS: Three target lesions from a patient with multiple Bowen's disease were selected for a half-side comparison study. The Er:YAG laser was used to remove the cornified layer on one side of each lesion, followed by twice-daily application of 5-FU cream to both sides. Clinical and histologic responses were compared. RESULTS: Lesions pretreated with the Er:YAG laser showed more rapid clinical and histologic responses to topical 5-FU than those treated with 5-FU alone. Evaluation at 9 months after treatment showed no recurrences of lesions on both sides. CONCLUSIONS: Our preliminary study demonstrates that this Er:YAG laser-assisted modality is effective and shows accelerated clinical response and shortened treatment time compared with topical 5-FU as a single treatment.
- Wang, K-H; Fang, J-Y; Hu, C-H; Lee, W-R
- March 2004
Volume / Issue
- 30 / 3
Start / End Page
- 441 - 445
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States