Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery has been used extensively in the treatment of both benign and malignant skin tumors. Usually liquid nitrogen is used as the coolant, and the effect of the cryotherapy is to induce necrosis based on hypothermic damage of both cell membrane and cytoplasmic organelles.

A study reporting the follow-up of ten patients treated with cryotherapy has been published suggesting that cryotherapy is a feasible form of therapy in select HS cases [13]. The treatment is however not unproblematic, and

several and considerable practical restraints exist. The treatment is associated with additional pain, which is already a dominant clinical problem to HS patients. Additional iatrogenic pain is therefore an a priori drawback of the method. A significant proportion of the cases published furthermore experienced complications with postoperative infection. Finally, cryotherapy is a destructive process and commonly associated with a long healing time. In the published study [13] the healing time was on average 25 days. On the whole cryotherapy does therefore not appear to hold any clinically significant advantages over other forms of physical therapy. Theoretically a more precise delivery of the cryotherapy could overcome some of these drawbacks, but would also obliterate the immediate practical benefits of the method, namely being fast and easy.

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