What is the role of medications in the treatment of acne conglobata (AC)?

Updated: Apr 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy and surgical approaches are to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications. They may be combined. [41] For example, acne conglobata can be treated by fractional laser after carbon dioxide laser abrasion of cysts combined with topical tretinoin therapy. [42] The tumor necrosis factor-alpha antagonist adalimumab may represent another option for acne conglobata resistant to conventional therapies. [43, 44]


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