Long-term psychological impact and perceived efficacy of pulsed-dye laser therapy for patients with port-wine stains.

@article{Hansen2003LongtermPI,
  title={Long-term psychological impact and perceived efficacy of pulsed-dye laser therapy for patients with port-wine stains.},
  author={Kristen Hansen and Clarence Dennis Kreiter and Marcy E. Rosenbaum and Duane C. Whitaker and Christopher J. Arpey},
  journal={Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]},
  year={2003},
  volume={29 1},
  pages={49-55}
}
BACKGROUND The rationale for treatment of patients with port-wine stain (PWS) birthmarks has focused on the belief that eventual soft-tissue hypertrophy and negative psychological effects might be diminished or avoided. Pulsed-dye laser (PDL) therapy has become widely accepted as the treatment of choice for PWS, and a variety of studies have been conducted that evaluate its short-term efficacy. Long-term data regarding outcome and patient satisfaction are lacking. OBJECTIVE Our objective was… CONTINUE READING

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