Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
MORAES, Aparecida Machado de; VELHO, Paulo Eduardo Neves Ferreira and MAGALHAES, Renata Ferreira. Cryosurgery using liquid nitrogen and infectious skin diseases. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2008, vol.83, n.4, pp.285-298. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962008000400002.
Cryosurgery using liquid nitrogen is a surgical resource to treat several types of benign, pre-malignant and malignant skin lesions. It promotes the destruction of tissues and changes the immune response. The authors identify several uses of cryosurgery in treating skin disorders, particularly viral warts, chromoblastomycosis and leishmaniasis. The results of primary and adjuvant treatments are also discussed. The article focuses on precautions when using surgical instruments during treatment of infectious diseases.
Keywords : Cryosurgery; Skin diseases; Chromoblastomycosis; Human papillomavirus 6; Leishmaniasis.