Monday, August 27, 2007

What causes keloids and hypertropic scarring

For some, this may be the holy grail of plastic surgery.

It would be great if we could eliminate scarring once and for all. We’re still working toward that end.

A recent article was written by some plastic surgeons of the Tokyo University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. They discussed 3 patients who developed fungal infections that were subsequently treated with an anti-fungal agent called itraconazole. Interestingly, all 3 patients also had keloids or hypertrophic scars. After treatment with itraconazole all theirs scars flattened out. This raises the question, “Are keloids due in part to a subclinical fungal infection.”

Interesting - food for thought!!

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