Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Phototherapy remains viable option for treating psoriasis
Phototherapy remains viable option for treating psoriasis
In certain cases, phototherapy may be the treatment of choice for patients with psoriasis, surpassing the benefits of even biologics, says Herbert Hoenigsmann, M.D., professor of dermatology, emeritus chairman, department of dermatology, Medical University of Vienna.
Typical cutaneous malignancies can do not-so-typical things
A patient's immunodeficiency and/or sheer neglect of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) tumors can result in very large, difficult-to-resect lesions, begging the need for higher vigilance and closer patient care, said Robert E. Clark, M.D., Ph.D., of the Cary Skin Center, Cary, N.C., at the 2012 meeting of Mastering Advances in Dermatology: Beyond Skin Deep in April.
Organ transplant recipients at much greater risk for skin cancer
Patients who undergo a solid organ transplant procedure have an alarmingly higher incidence of skin cancers compared to the general population. Special care and management strategies involving a multidisciplinary approach are warranted in this group, says Mich?l O'Donoghue, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in Oak Brook, Ill.
Physicians take critical look at AJCC staging system, melanoma prognostication tool
The latest melanoma staging system from the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and a tool developed for predicting the clinical outcome of individual patients with localized or regional cutaneous melanoma ( have stirred debate among dermatopathologists.
Androgenetic alopecia care with customized technique allows optimal outcomes
With regard to the surgical treatment of androgenetic alopecia, strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques can work very well, but each technique must be used appropriately and for the appropriate patients to ensure optimal outcomes, says Walter Unger, M.D.
SLNB effective for disease-free survival in select cases
Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for management of localized primary melanoma continues to have its critics, but Alistair Cochran, M.D., says that current data supports the procedure as a standard approach for staging patients with clinically localized, intermediate-thickness melanoma.
Nd:YAG laser with temperature control clears onychomycosis
A new laser approach is proving highly effective in the treatment of onychomycosis, offering patients a new therapeutic option for this sometimes difficult-to-treat condition, said Jill S. Waibel, M.D., at the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Tangential biopsy can exact accurate diagnosis of melanonychia
A tangential biopsy performed on melanonychia may often be the superior biopsy technique in exacting an accurate diagnosis of suspect lesions, according to Nilton Di Chiacchio, M.D., department of dermatology, Hospital of Public Service, Sao Paulo.
Merkel cell carcinoma therapy depends on tumor stage, patient health
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a neuroendocrine tumor of the skin that is very aggressive and potentially lethal. As such, treatment approaches and disease management should also be aggressive and appropriately address the patient's disease and symptoms. Treatment choices depend on the stage of the tumor, however, as well as the general health of the affected patient.
Fractional bipolar radiofrequency device achieves marked tightening, lifting
A facial rejuvenation device that delivers fractional bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy via microneedling directly into the dermis tightens skin and achieves measurable lifting and volume increase the likes of which have never been seen by any other devices on the market, said Lori Brightman, M.D., at the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.


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