A short version of this article was presented as a poster at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Washington, DC, 2004.
Cryosurgery in the Treatment of Earlobe Keloids: Report of Seven Cases
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2006
Volume 31, Issue 12, pages 1728–1731, December 2005
How to Cite
Fikrle, T. and Pizinger, K. (2005), Cryosurgery in the Treatment of Earlobe Keloids: Report of Seven Cases. Dermatologic Surgery, 31: 1728–1731. doi: 10.2310/6350.2005.31321
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2006
Background. Keloids are benign cutaneous lesions that result from excessive collagen synthesis and deposition. Earlobe keloids in particular are seen as a complication of plastic surgery or piercing. Many different treatment modalities have been used, often with unsatisfactory results.
Methods. We have made a retrospective analysis of seven young patients (ages 9 to 22 years) with earlobe keloids. Scarring followed plastic surgery in six cases and piercing in one case. All patients were treated with cryosurgery as the monotherapy. The freeze time and the number of sessions varied depending on the clinical findings, the effect of the treatment, and the patients' tolerance. Cryotherapy was started 6 to 24 months after keloid development.
Results. Scar volume was reduced in all cases. Complete flattening in five patients and a pronounced reduction to a maximum of 25% of the previous thickness in one other patient were achieved. One patient discontinued the therapy because of soreness after only partial improvement. The procedure was painful for all patients; no further side effects were noticed. No recurrence was observed within 1 to 4.5 years of follow-up.
Conclusion. We present an excellent effect of cryosurgery as the monotherapy for the treatment of earlobe keloid scars of young patients.
TOMAS FIKRLE, MD, AND KAREL PIZINGER, MD, PHD, HAVE INDICATED NO SIGNIFICANT INTEREST WITH COMMERCIAL SUPPORTERS.