What is the role of podophyllin in the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Podophyllin, a resin derived from the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum Linné), contains the active agent podophyllotoxin, which is a cytotoxic agent that arrests mitosis in metaphase. It is a physician-applied medicine used in the treatment of external genital warts and condyloma acuminatum. It can be applied weekly for up to 6 weeks. Warts visible after 6 treatments usually do not respond to further therapy. [79]


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