A systematic review of the use of lasers for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.

Research paper by Hannah H John, Nikolaos N Manoloudakis, J J Stephen Sinclair

Indexed on: 09 Aug '16Published on: 09 Aug '16Published in: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery


To conduct a systematic review of the effectiveness of various types of lasers (and light based therapies) for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and to establish recommendations based on our findings.MEDLINE, Cochrane and PubMed databases.English language studies describing the use of laser for the treatment of HS.Multiple reviewers performed independent extraction and identified 22 studies that met the inclusion and exclusion criteria.Studies were categorised according to grading recommendations based on evidence quality guidelines for systematic reviews. Only 2 studies met criteria to be assigned the highest grade.Nd:YAG laser has been shown to be effective for the treatment of HS, as is intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) using the same principles of laser hair removal. There is weak evidence to recommend the use of carbon dioxide, diode or alexandrite lasers. The need for larger randomized controlled trials is highlighted.