Large port-wine stains: Continuous argon laser treatment with neuroleptanalgesia
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An original technique is presented for the treatment of large port-wine stains (PWSs) extending over several skin areas using the argon laser on continuous modelwith the patient under neuroleptanalgesia. Sufficient experience of this technique, used since August 1983, has now been gained to affirm that it is totally innocuous and has definite advantages. Small port-wine stains are still treated using a classic ambulatory method (1,3), while PWSs with a surface area greater than 35 cm2 are treated by our technique. The technique and results are detailed and the advantages and disadvantages are discussed, based on a study carried out in Lille on the effects on tissue of continuous irradiation with a power output of 3 to 5 W.
Key wordsPort-wine stain Argon laser Continuous beam Neuroleptanalgesia
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