Journal article

Pulsed dye laser treatment of capillary malformations in infants at 2-weekly versus 3-monthly intervals, reducing the need for general anaesthesia

Bonnie C Swan, Susan J Robertson, Alana Tuxen, Ellen Ma, Leona Yip, Lena Ly, Linda Bingham, Andrew Davidson, Philip Bekhor

Australasian Journal of Dermatology | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Capillary malformations (CM) cause significant psychosocial complications. Pulsed dye laser (PDL) treatment at 6-12-weekly intervals under general anaesthesia (GA) commencing in infants at 6 months of age remains the standard of care in order to achieve maximal improvement prior to school age. The safety of repeated GA in children is controversial. Shortening the time between treatments increases the number that can be delivered prior to 6 months of age, thus reducing the number of subsequent treatments needed under GA. We investigated the safety and effectiveness of more frequent PDL treatment of CM in infancy via a pilot, prospective patient-controlled study of 10 patients. Using 595 nm (V..

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