Other Names for this Disease
- Porokeratosis punctata palmaris et plantaris
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Treatment depends on the size, location, and aggressiveness of punctate porokeratosis. Affected individuals are recommended to visit their personal physician regularly to watch for signs of skin cancer, limit sun exposure to the affected area, and use moisturizers as needed. 5-fluorouracil cream has been found to be an effective treatment. A group of medications called retinoids (including acitretin and isotretinoin), as a pill or cream, may be another treatment option. If a skin cancer develops from porokeratosis, surgery is recommended.
Last updated: 8/24/2012
- Sertznig P, von Felbert V, Megahed M. Porokeratosis: present concepts. Journal of the Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2012; 26:404-412. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21929548. Accessed 8/16/2012.
- Spencer LV . Porokeratosis. Medscape Reference. May 30, 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1059123-overview#a0101. Accessed 8/21/2012.
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