Other Names for this Disease
- Congenital facial linear porokeratosis (type)
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Because linear porokeratosis is a rare condition, there is no established treatment protocol. Protection from sun exposure and regular visits to a doctor to check for skin cancer are encouraged as routine care. Treatment options depend on the size, location, and severity of the characteristic skin markings. Several medications (5-fluorouracil, acitretin) have been shown to be effective for treating this condition in a small number of patients. We identified a single report of photodynamic therapy being used to successfully treat an individual with linear porokeratosis. Surgery is recommended to remove any skin cancer that may develop.
Last updated: 11/17/2011
- Spencer LV . Porokeratosis. Medscape Reference. May 30, 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1059123-overview#a0101. Accessed 8/21/2012.
- García-Navarro X, Garcés JR, Baselga E, Alomar A. Linear porokeratosis: excellent response to photodynamic therapy. Archives of Dermatology. 2009; 145:526-527. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19451495. Accessed 11/15/2011.
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