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December 1973

Blunt Dissection of Plantar Warts

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Phoenix, Ariz

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(6):856. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620270072024

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To the Editor.—  In the July 1973 issue of the Archives, Drs. Pringle and Helms (108:79, 1973) date as 1963 the initial description of the technique of blunt dissection of plantar warts (N Engl J Podiat 42:23, 1963) and state that it has never been described in the dermatologic literature. However, in 1955 an essentially identical technique was described meticulously in the Archives by Prazak and Thomas (71:122, 1955), who remarked modestly that their method was not new.Although Drs. Pringle and Helms listed this paper in their references, they apparently did not recognize it as blunt dissection because a curette was used. Actually, a mastoid curette bluntly dissects and shells out the wart in toto along the peripheral line of cleavage. As an added precaution, any visible residual warty extensions that may have broken off and remained in the peripheral tissue are curetted out.This method was shown to

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