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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 144  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 304

Laser treatment of vascular lesions


Derma-Care Skin and Cosmetology Centre, The Trade Centre, Bunts Hostel Road, Mangaluru 575 003, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication1-Dec-2016

Correspondence Address:
Ganesh S Pai
Derma-Care Skin and Cosmetology Centre, The Trade Centre, Bunts Hostel Road, Mangaluru 575 003, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-5916.195062

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Pai GS. Laser treatment of vascular lesions. Indian J Med Res 2016;144:304

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Pai GS. Laser treatment of vascular lesions. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Jul 20];144:304. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2016/144/2/304/195062

Laser treatment of vascular lesions, S. Bard, D. J. Goldberg, editors (Karger, Basel, Switzerland) 2014. 148 pages. Price: US$ 132.00/CHF 112.00/EUR 105.00

ISBN 978-3-318-02312-1

This book has several chapters on technologies such as argon, krypton, and copper lasers of historical interest, to the pulsed dye, KTP (Potassium titanyl phosphate) laser, alexandrite laser, diode and Nd:YAG lasers which are currently in use. The laser physics has been explained at length and is presented with clarity of thought for the practicing physicians. Properties of light, chromophore targets, laser interaction with tissue and photothermal effects of lasers are explained using easy to understand concepts. Fluence, irradiance, pulse width and the depth of the laser penetration and scattering help understand subsequent chapters. The chapter on pulsed dye laser helps understand the concept of a high power flash lamp which stimulates the dye rhodamine to produce a pulse of yellow light. Bigger vessels and thicker lesions can be targeted. Vascular malformations and syndromes are classified as high flow and slow flow and how the Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) is an excellent treatment for port wine stain.

Multiple photographs of various conditions are included and the numerous conditions that are amenable to therapy by various lasers are also listed.

The Nd:YAG laser has been the most difficult to conceptualize for the clinical dermatologist. The chapter explains clearly how the wavelength can be tuned to target blood vessels, hair, verrucae, photorejuvenation and onychomycosis as this wavelength is absorbed by haemoglobin, water and melanin. Complications such as hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, purpura, scarring and infection are discussed with measures to prevent, recognize and rectify them.

This book is of value to practicing dermatologists as it is small in size and concise in content.




 

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