Linear porokeratosis

If an individual had scalded skin syndrome as a baby, can she undergo photodynamic therapy for linear porokeratosis?

After a review of the medical literature, we did not identify any reports of an individual with linear porokeratosis who also had a history of scalded skin syndrome (an infection of the skin that can cause blisters and skin damage). The one patient with linear porokeratosis treated with photodynamic therapy did not need anesthesia during this treatment because he experienced only a mild burning sensation, skin redness (erythema), and skin inflammation.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might linear porokeratosis be treated?

There are no established treatment recommendations for any form of porokeratosis because no randomized clinical trials have been done. Treatment options depend on each person's symptoms and concerns. Responses to treatment are unpredictable, so a person may have to try more than one treatment, or a combination of treatments. Options for treatment of porokeratosis may include:

Linear porokeratosis can progress to skin cancer (squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma). If the purpose of treatment is to prevent its progression to cancer, surgical removal is typically recommended. Sun protection is also important to decrease the risk for cancer. Watching for changes within patches may help to detect cancer earlier.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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