BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy has been used historically to treat a wide variety of dermatologic conditions, including nonmelanoma skin cancers, lymphomas, and inflammatory skin conditions. Recently, radiotherapy has been used increasingly as a valuable tool in the postsurgical treatment of large or recalcitrant keloids. OBJECTIVE: the objective of this review was to explore the use of radiation therapy as an adjuvant to surgically excised keloids. DESIGN: a pubmed search of all published english literature regarding the applications of radiotherapy for the treatment of keloids was performed using a combination of keywords including radiation, radiotherapy, brachytherapy, electron beam, superficial radiation, orthovoltage radiation, and keloid. The results were analyzed and collated. RESULTS: a comprehensive review of radiotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of keloids was outlined. CONCLUSION: Radiotherapy appears useful as an adjuvant therapy to surgically excised keloids. dermatologists should be well versed in radiotherapy to provide optimal care for patients with recalcitrant keloids.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology|
|State||Published - Aug 2017|
- Electron beam
- Orthovoltage radiation
- Superficial radiation