Treatment of Superficial Surgical Wounds after Removal of Seborrheic Keratoses: A Single-Blinded Randomized-Controlled Clinical Study

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

For the treatment of superficial surgical wounds, there are a number of options, including topical antibiotic ointments, dressings, and specialized wound care materials, such as hydrocolloid dressings.

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the wound-healing activity of a commercially available hydrocolloid wound dressing (Avery H2460, Avery Dennison, Turnhout, Belgium) in comparison with a control treatment (Fucidine cream [LEO Pharmaceutical Products Ltd., Indutrieparken, Denmark] with Cutiplast sterile dressing [Smith & Nephew plc, London, UK]) in superficial wounds after surgical removal of seborrheic keratoses.

METHODS

In a single-blinded, randomized, controlled trial, the hydrocolloid wound dressing (Avery H2460) was compared with healing by secondary intention as a control. Sixteen patients between 18 and 80 years of age with seborrheic keratoses were enrolled. Wound healing was evaluated after 7 and 10 days and then daily until complete closure of the wound area. In 7 of 16 patients, biopsies were taken after 14 days of reepithelization.

RESULTS

The hydrocolloid wound dressing (Avery H2460) induced a significantly (p<.05) faster healing (median: 8.5 days) in comparison with the control treatment (median: 10 days). The histologic investigations showed no significant differences for the investigated parameters in both groups.

CONCLUSION

The faster healing in comparison with the control treatment supports the use of the hydrocolloid wound dressing (Avery H2460) for the treatment of superficial surgical wounds.

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