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Photodynamic Therapy Can Improve Warts’ Discomfort in Renal Transplant Patients Prospective Multicenter Study


Corresponding author email: (Agnès Sparsa)


Many studies have been conducted showing that aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-photodynamic therapy (PDT) can be an alternative treatment for recalcitrant warts. Recently, we performed a study evaluating methyl-aminolevulinic acid (MAL)-PDT for the treatment of hand warts in a population of renal transplant patients. Two symmetrical targets were selected on each hand and randomly assigned to chemical keratolytic treatment followed by three cycles of ALA-PDT (75 J cm² red light). Patients were evaluated after 3 months and a second run of PDT was performed if the total area and number of warts decreased less than 50%, with evaluation every 3 months for 1 year. Twenty patients were included and 16 were evaluable (9 M, 7 F). After 6 months the reduction of warts’ area was 48.4% on the treated side versus 18.4% in the control area (P = 0.021). The decrease in the total number of warts was 41%versus 19.4% (P = NS). The global tolerance of the treatment was good with acceptable pain during irradiation. These results suggest that ALA-PDT is a safe and efficient treatment for transplanted patient warts. The improvement between treated and control zone is 20% due to the decrease in untreated warts’ area and number.