How is cryosurgery used to treat human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Cryosurgery is a rapid and effective means of treating simple HPV disease. It works by freezing the intracellular water, resulting in cellular destruction. This method is effective for most simple cutaneous warts and for low-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN I). The primary drawbacks of the procedure are discomfort, ulceration, and scabbing at the treatment site.


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