Pulsed dye laser therapy for molluscum contagiosum: A systematic review

Robert Denison Griffith, Mohammad Ali Yazdani Abyaneh, Leyre Falto-Aizpurua, Keyvan Nouri

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Background: Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a benign contagious viral skin infection that typically resolves without treatment within months. For cases where treatment is recommended or requested, a number of options are available. Over the last 2 decades, a number of case reports and case series have described cases of MC lesions that were successfully treated with pulsed dye laser (PDL); however, a review of these studies has not been reported in the dermatologic literature.

Objectives: To review the use of PDL for the treatment of MC.

Materials and Methods: A search of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Database and the SCOPUS Database was performed to find articles that detailed the treatment of MC with PDL.

Results: Eight articles met criteria for inclusion in this review. These articles represented 161 patients with over 4200 MC lesions that were treated with PDL. Each article was reviewed and summarized in a table.

Limitations: The main limitation of this review is the small number of published studies, which reflects the importance of this review of the dermatology literature.

Conclusions: PDL offers a novel and effective treatment for MC. However, the articles reviewed herein suggest PDL is a safe, effective, quick and well-tolerated treatment for clearing MC lesions that does not cause scarring or permanent pigment change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1352
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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