Treatment of Actinic (Solar) Cheilitis

| August 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Treatment of Actinic (Solar) Cheilitis

  • Prevention of further damage with sunscreens blocking longwave
  • ultraviolet A (UVA) and short-wave ultraviolet B (UVB) light
  • Biopsy of clinically suspicious areas
  • CO2 laser vermilionectomy
  • Topical 5-fluorouracil or vermilionectomy for severe disease
  • Excision or resection-reconstruction if malignant
  • transformation has occurred


  •  Lifelong follow-up
  •  Up to 10% develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
  •  When carcinoma develops, growth tends to be slow and metastasis occurs late; 85 to 90% long-term survival


Category: Treatment

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