The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of 5-aminolaevulinic acid (ALA)-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) in treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cervical condylomata. A total of 56 patients with cervical and external condylomata lesions were recruited for this open-label study. HPV genotyping of exfoliated cells collected from the cervix and external lesions was performed. Cervical lesions were treated with PDT by applying ALA gel (10%) to the surface of the cervix for 4 h followed by irradiating with a 635 nm laser at 100 J cm−2. PDT was repeated at 2-week intervals if lesion and HPV infection remained. Patients were followed up for 6–24 months. Genotyping analysis revealed four HPV subtypes (HPV6, 11, 16 and 18). The overall complete remission rate of 1–4 sessions of treatments was 98.2% and the corresponding HPV clearance rate was 83.9%. Ten cases showed complete removal of cervical lesions and HPV infection after a single treatment. Recurrence rate was 3.6%. Adverse effects were minimal and no structural complications were reported. In conclusion, topical ALA PDT is safe and effective for eradicating cervical HPV infection and eliminating condylomata lesion. Its definitive role in treating cervical condylomata deserves further investigation.
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