What is the recurrence rate of keloids and hypertrophic scars following treatment with imiquimod?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Brian Berman, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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More recently, in study by Chuangsuwanich et al, 45 patients with excised keloids were treated with imiquimod 5% cream 2 weeks after the operation, on alternate nights, for 8 weeks. [51] After a follow-up period of 6-9 months, 10 of the keloids recurred (28.6% overall recurrence rate), with adverse effects found in 13 patients (37.1%). Interestingly, the keloids localized on the pinna had the lowest recurrence rate (2.9%) compared with those at the chest wall or neck (83.3% and 14.3%, respectively).


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