A prospective study of the use of cryosurgery for the treatment of actinic keratoses

@article{Thai2004APS,
  title={A prospective study of the use of cryosurgery for the treatment of actinic keratoses},
  author={K‐E. Thai and Peter Fergin and M. Freeman and Carl Vinciullo and David Francis and Lynda Spelman and Dedee F. Murrell and Christopher Anderson and Warren Weightman and Catherine Mary Reid and Alan B Watson and Peter Foley},
  journal={International Journal of Dermatology},
  year={2004},
  volume={43}
}
Background  Actinic keratoses are the most common actinic lesions on Caucasian skin. Cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen is commonly used to treat actinic keratoses, but there have been few studies examining the true rate of cure in everyday dermatologic practice. 
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