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MEDICAL UPDATE: Treating KS Oral Lesions


Being Alive 1993 Apr 5: 18

Two dentists from Philadelphia, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, are reporting great success in treating KS oral lesions. They use a type of interlesional therapy called Sclerotherapy. A solution is applied directly to the oral lesion; the patient experiences no pain. In a small study, the dentists found that lesion size was reduced by 80% in 2-3 weeks. Some patients had their lesions disappear completely. After 24 weeks none had any progression of their oral KS lesions. Dr. Frank Lucatorto of the UCLA Dental School has used this technique locally with success. 


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