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Effectiveness of Pulse Dye Laser Versus No Treatment in the Treatment of Infantile Hemangiomas

15 August 2009


Background: Infantile hemangiomas are alarming to new parents and it is natural that their concerns are brought to the medical clinician. Educating the parents about the tumors and the anticipated growth process of the tumor is crucial. This educational opportunity needs to be covered prior to discussion treatment options. The treatment options are complex, for hemangiomas, but the focus of this article contrasts laser therapy and the no treatment option.

Methods: This article is a systematic review designed to examine the literature available and to determine if laser therapy is an effective treatment for infantile hemangiomas.

Hypothesis: Laser therapy has a greater number of positive treatment outcomes compared to no treatment.

Results: Six studies were reviewed on hemangioma therapy using a laser. Laser therapy was found to be helpful in reducing redness and surface area of superficial hemangiomas on all skin types.

Conclusion: If laser therapy is going to be used is should be started early in the hemangiomas appearance. Watchful waiting is usually the default option because the parents are not trained to recognize the hemangioma formation early in the growth staging. Laser therapy is most effective for superficial hemangiomas.


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