What is actinic keratosis (AK)?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Most patients require no specific treatment for seborrheic keratosis. Close patient surveillance and annual clinical evaluations are recommended. For removal, curettage and cryoablation are the most common treatments. Alternatively, seborrheic keratoses can be surgically excised to address cosmesis, pruritus, inflammation, and pain. Rarely, malignant lesions (eg, Bowen disease) can arise within seborrheic keratoses. When malignancy is suspected or diagnosis is indeterminate, an excision biopsy is required. Withhold wide local excision until malignancy is confirmed.

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