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K. Gao, Z. Huang, K.-H. Yuan, B. Zhang and Z.-Q. Hu Side-by-side comparison of photodynamic therapy and pulsed-dye laser treatment of port-wine stain birthmarks British Journal of Dermatology 168

Version of Record online: 25 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12130

What’s already known about this topic?

  •  To date, several Chinese studies of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for port-wine stains (PWS) indicate that this therapeutic modality is effective and safe for the treatment of PWS of all colour and in all ages.
  •  Our retrospective study suggested that PDT is as effective as pulsed-dye laser (PDL) treatment for pink PWS and more effective than PDL for purple PWS.

What does this study add?

  •  This is the first side-by-side and quantitative comparison of PDL and PDT.
  •  The findings reported here confirm that PDT is at least as effective and safe as PDL, if not superior to, for the treatment of red and purple flat PWS.

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