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Treatment of the Facial Angiofibromas of Tuberous Sclerosis.

Verheyden, Charles N. M.D., Ph.D.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: October 1996
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: Tuberous sclerosis is an inherited syndrome with mental retardation, epilepsy, and acne rosacea being the classic triad of manifestations. The facial skin problems can present a cosmetic deformity or, as in the three patients presented here, can produce difficulties with hygiene and nasal breathing. Various approaches to treatment have been described over the last century, but no long-term results have been presented. Because of the full-thickness skin involvement, complete removal is not practical, and treatment should be directed toward acceptable long-term results with minimal surgical morbidity. Shaving and dermabrasion of the involved area produce very satisfactory results, but long-term follow-up of approximately 10 years reveals that there is a variable amount of recurrence and that subsequent treatment will be required. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 98: 777, 1996.)

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