Hong Kong Dermatology & Venereology Bulletin

Volume 11 Number 2, Summer 2003

How I manage seborrhoeic keratosis

RSC Leung u

Seborrhoeic keratosis classically presents as longstanding, minimally progressive, well demarcated pigmented keratotic papule or nodule with a 'stuck-on' appearance. Fine clinical features of multiple small keratin or milia-like cyst on granular or cerebriform surface are best seen at dermoscopy. Topical steroid-antibiotic mixture and trauma protection help to relieve the symptoms of irritated seborrhoeic keratosis. Simple curettage followed by electro-desiccation under local anaesthesia is best for treating large truncal lesions. For smaller truncal lesions, cryotherapy is the treatment of choice. Carbon dioxide and Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers as well as intense pulsed light are used for facial lesions. For eruptive lesions, oral acitretin can be used. (H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (2003) 11, 77-79)

Keywords: Seborrhoeic keratosis

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