J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Aug;13(4):191-2. doi: 10.3109/14764172.2011.594062. Epub 2011 Jun 21.
Dermatology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23219, USA. Bawadalla@gmail.com
Familial benign pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey disease) is often resistant to conventional treatments. This report describes a 35-year-old Asian American male with a 12-year history of recalcitrant Hailey-Hailey disease who was treated with a long-pulsed alexandrite laser. Fluences ranged from 12 to 20 J/cm with a 5-ms pulse duration (spot sizes: 10-15 mm). Cold air cooling was used during the sessions. There was 50% improvement noted after the first treatment. Within 10 treatments, there was 95% clearance. Complete resolution was achieved by the thirteenth treatment. The lesions have been clear or nearly clear (greater than 95%) for the past 2 years. Once clearance was achieved, five maintenance laser treatments were initiated at 3-month intervals and eventually discontinued for 12 months without relapse.