Background/Aims: Extranasal telangiectasiasare common amongsthereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) patients. Telangiectasias can be found at sites like the external nose, lips, oral cavity and fingers. Although not life threatening, they can be annoying for patients and lead to bleeding in some cases, necessitating treatment. Methods: The data of 38 HHT patients treated for extranasal telangiectasias during a period of 10 years by means of Nd:YAG laser were retrospectively analyzed. Results: The telangiectasias treated affected predominantly the tongue, facial skin and lips. During a minimum follow-up of 3 years, only 7 patients required a revision of surgery. Conclusion: This study shows that Nd:YAG laser constitutes a fast, safe and efficient therapeutic modality for the treatment of extranasal telangiectasias.
|ScienceOpen disciplines:||Medicine, General social science|
|Keywords:||Extranasal telangiectasias, Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, Nd:YAG laser|