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VIDEO: Painless PDT and other AK tricks



– Imiquimod on the lip can be extremely painful, but it works wonders for actinic cheilitis, sometimes with only a few treatments.

Also, photodynamic therapy for actinic keratoses (AKs) doesn’t have to hurt. You just have to adjust the aminolevulinic acid incubation time and how long patients stay under the lamp, advised Theodore Rosen, MD, professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

These are just a few of the tips Dr. Rosen shared in a presentation about AKs at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.

In a video interview after his talk, he went into detail about the use of imiquimod for actinic cheilitis – AKs of the lip – and painless PDT, as well as how to discuss AKs with patients – and a quick, clever way to help distinguish AKs from squamous cell carcinoma.

Dr. Rosen is an adviser to Aclaris, Cipher, Pfizer, and Valeant.

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