What are the treatment options for keratoacanthoma (KA)?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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While the lesion is generally self-limited, intervention is commonly desired. Intervention is preferred because of the potential cosmetic compromise with the healing of the lesion. Additionally, since it is considered by many to be a variant of squamous cell carcinoma, complete removal is generally preferred by surgical excision, electrodesiccation, and curettage. Because keratoacanthoma can be removed in total with surgical excision, which provides an adequate pathologic specimen, this is generally the treatment of choice.


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