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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2014 September;16(3):143-6

language: Italian

HPV-related lesions and therapeutic problems

Rama E. 1, Spataro A. 2, La Rosa F. 3, Pala S. 2

1 Policlinico Umberto I, Roma, Italia;
2 Università “La Sapienza” di Roma, Roma, Italia;
3 Marina Militare, Roma, Italia


Since 2004 an important increase of human papilloma virus related-disease among young adults has been noticed. The aim of the treatment consists in the complete clearance of visible lesions in order to reduce the local and interhuman spreading of the virus, at the same time reducing the psychological consequences of sexually transmitted diseases. A large number of techniques are used to treat condyloma such as: cryotherapy, imiquimod, podofillotoxin, interferon, bleomicin, surgery and lasertherapy. The choice should be taken according to type of lesion, dimensions, location, possible complications, patients’s preferences. A high clearance rate and less side effects (burning sensations, bleeding, tissue damage) make lasertherapy the most effective approach in treating condyloma. The limited use of this technique may be caused by the high costs.

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