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Different Modes Cooling the Epidermis with Ice during Nd:YAG Laser Treatment of Hemangiomas in Children

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We report whether the different modes of cooling with ice the epidermis influence the number of sessions required to treat hemangiomas in children with Nd:YAG laser and ameliorates the cosmetic end result. Between 1993 and 2002 235 children with cutaneous haemangiomas were treated with an Nd:YAG laser. The patients were divided into 2 groups according the mode of cooling the epidermis with ice. The first group contained 115 patients where the epidermis was cooled with ice only during the irradiation. In the second group, contained 120 patients, the epidermis was cooled with ice, prior to, during and after irradiation. The protection of epidermis with ice prior to, during and after irradiation with Nd:YAG laser had better cosmetic results and decreased the number of sessions for treatment, than the epidermis protection only during irradiation.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Pediatric Surgery, University Hospital Heraklion, Medical School, University of Crete, Greece

Publication date: 2004-05-01

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