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August 1981

Laser Treatment of Multiple Glomangiomas: Progress Report 13 Years After Treatment

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Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(8):452. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650080003003

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To the Editor.—  In the December 1978 Archives (114:1853-1854), I reported the initial effective laser treatment of multiple glomangiomas in an 8-year-old boy. The report was made at that time, since all efforts to trace the patient after his treatment were unsuccessful.The patient was finally examined for the first time since 1967 in October 1980. For the past 13 years, there had been no extension of the multiple glomangiomas except for one small, blue lesion on the upper part of the left thigh. The large, white, soft areas that remained persisted without any local recurrence (Figure). There had been no evident revascularization of any of the treated lesions. With the patient's somatic growth, the white areas had become larger.From a cosmetic viewpoint, the laser-treated areas are still superior to the control areas with atrophic scars after surgical excision and the deep scars left by electrocoagulation. Since new high-output

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