Photodynamic therapy is useful but is not a cure-all

02/25/2014 |

Photodynamic therapy yields good outcomes for patients with actinic keratoses and actinic cheilitis, but it may not be the best choice for many other conditions for which it has been used, ASDS member and dermatologist Jerome Garden said at a conference. PDT is time-consuming and expensive, and many insurance plans reimburse the therapy at low rates if at all, Garden said. The procedure is also painful and usually requires multiple sessions, making other therapies more appropriate as first-line treatments for acne and rosacea, Garden said.

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