pulsed dye laser and papulopustular rosacea

Written by on September 24, 2005 in laser therapy, Papules & Pustules, pulse dye laser with 0 Comments

A small study suggesting that FPDL has limited value for rosacea papules and pustules.

Flashlamp pulsed dye laser (FPDL) did not cure papulopustular rosacea, Laster in Surgery and Medicine, Volume 34, Issue 3 , Pages 266 – 268, Published Online: 5 Mar 2004, Mats Berg, PhD MD, Desiree Wiegleb Edstrom, PhD MD

Keywords: erythematotelangiectatic, flashlamp pulsed dye laser, papulopustular rosacea treatment

Abstract: Pharmacological treatment has a fairly good effect on the papulopustular lesions in rosacea, but not as good an effect on the erythema and telangiectases. The aim was to treat rosacea patients with both erythematotelangiectatic and papulopustular lesions with flashlamp pulsed dye laser (FPDL) until telangiectases/erythema disappeared, and to evaluate whether the treatment might also be effective on papulopustular lesions.

Ten patients were treated on one side of the face with FPDL. The final examination was blinded and performed on the average 10 months after the last treatment.

Two of the patients had more lesions after treatment, three were unchanged, three had only slightly less, and two had markedly less papulopustular lesions.

Our conclusion from this small sample of patients is that FPDL probably has limited value on papulopustular lesions in rosacea. This indicates that the origin of rosacea may not be only vascular.

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