Photodynamic Therapy and Skin Appendage Disorders: A Review

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Megna M, Fabbrocini G, Marasca C, Monfrecola G

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a noninvasive treatment that utilizes light treatment along with application of a photosensitizing agent. In dermatology, PDT is commonly used and approved for the treatment of oncological conditions such as actinic keratosis, Bowen disease and superficial basal cell carcinoma. In the last 2 decades however, PDT has also been used for the treatment of several nonneoplastic dermatological diseases. The present review summarizes published data on PDT application in skin appendage disorders. Our literature review shows that: (a) PDT may be a suitable treatment for acne, folliculitis decalvans, hidradenitis suppurativa, nail diseases, and sebaceous hyperplasia; (b) there is a lack of agreement on PDT features (type, concentrations and incubation period of used substances, number and frequency of PDT sessions, optimal parameters of light sources, and patient characteristics [e.g., failure to previous treatments, disease severity, body surface area involved, etc.] which should guide PDT use in these diseases);

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Skin appendage disorders
Journal Abbreviation: Skin Appendage Disord
Journal Date Published:

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 28232927
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Lasted Revision: 2017-08-16

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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