Henry Ford Hospital Dermatology Experience with Levulan Kerastick and Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy
June 2006 | Volume 5 | Issue 8 | Case Reports | 556 | Copyright © June 2006
Jennifer Rivard MD, David Ozog MD
Background and Objectives: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) with topical 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is becoming a more
popular dermatologic procedure. Newer protocols have virtually eliminated any associated untoward effects. Phototoxicity,
although rare, can still occur and requires aggressive post-therapy care. Recently, a new biorestorative skin care cream, containing
human growth factors and cytokines, was used to treat 2 severe cases of PDT-associated phototoxicity.
Materials and Methods: This paper describes 2 case reports of severe phototoxicity following ALA-PDT treatments. The
novel skin care cream was utilized in both cases phototoxicity.
Results: Complete resolution of the phototoxic reaction was seen, leaving both patients with normal skin texture and tone.
Conclusions: This novel skin care cream may prove useful in wound healing following treatment with lasers and light
sources or dermatologic surgery.