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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2009 August;144(4):445-52

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language: English

The current options in the management of actinic keratosis

Larkö O.

Department of Dermatology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden


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Actinic keratosis is a precursor for squamous cell skin cancer. Hence, it is important to treat. For single actinic keratoses, cryo surgery is recommended. For widespread actinic keratoses, imiquimod, photodynamic therapy (PDT) or 5-FU may be used. “One-shot” treatments are advocated as prolonged treatment over several weeks probably diminishes patient compliance. Consequently, cryo surgery for single actinic keratoses and PDT for widespread actinic keratoses should primarily be recommended.

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