CO2 laser ablative fractional resurfacing photodynamic therapy for actinic keratosis and nonmelanoma skin cancer: a randomized split-side study

Skin Cancer

Miller MB and Padilla A. Cutis 2020.


Aminolevulinic acid (ALA) photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a preferred method for treatment of multiple actinic keratoses (AKs) in broad skin areas (referred to as field cancerization). Pretreatment with CO2 laser ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) may increase the efficacy of PDT. This study compared the effect and durability of CO2 laser AFR-assisted ALA-PDT vs ALA-PDT alone in the treatment of AKs and nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) at various body locations. In this randomized, split-side

study, 19 patients had 1 side pretreated with AFR before treatment of both sides with ALA-PDT. Results indicated that pretreatment with AFR provided superior clearance of AKs and thin NMSCs at 6 months compared to ALA-PDT alone.