Long-term efficacy of radiofrequency ablation in treatment of common and palmo-plantar warts


  • Kanika Khandelwal, MD. Ram A Bumb, MD. Rajesh D Mehta, MD. Bhikam C Ghiya, MD. Abhay R Satoskar, MD, PhD.
  • Conflict of interest: none.


Current treatments for warts induce significant local tissue damage and do not prevent recurrence. We evaluated the efficacy of localised radiofrequency heat (RFH) therapy in inducing the long-term resolution of common and palmo-plantar warts in a placebo-controlled randomised single blind trial. Our data show that RFH therapy is a safe, cosmetically acceptable and long-term effective treatment for warts.