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PapersLocal treatments for cutaneous warts: systematic reviewCommentary: Systematic reviewers face challenges from varied study designs

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:461

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The use of Low Level Laser Therapy for treating cutaneous warts.

Editor- With reference to the paper 'Local treatments for cutaneous
warts: a systemic review'.

As a Podiatrist, State Registered Chiropodist, Private Practitioner and
PhD. student, I note that Gibbs,Harvey,Sterling and Stark made no mention
of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in their review of local treatments for
cutaneous warts.

Although there is little literature relating to this therapy, I have been
using it to treat patients with viral warts for over four years and
achieving excellent results. It is a non-invasive, non- thermal, quick and
painless procedure, often needing only one or two treatments.

Thus treating viral warts with LLLT is an effective therapeutic modality.
The biostimulatory effect of the laser also offers patients relief from
the pain of these lesions.

Pat Turnbull. BSc. MChS. SRCh.

Knutsford. Cheshire. WA16 8EP

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 September 2002
Podiatrist. State Registered Chiropodist. PhD student researching the human papilloma virus
102 Mobbereley Road. Knutsford. Cheshire. WA16 8EP