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Vol. 109. Num. 4.May 2018
Pages e23-e32Pages 293-384
e-Case Report
DOI: 10.1016/j.adengl.2018.03.002
Electrosurgery for the Treatment of Moderate or Severe Rhinophyma
Tratamiento con electrocirugía del rinofima moderado-grave
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L.F. Gonzáleza,
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, H. Herreraa, A. Mottaa,b
a Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia
b Servicio de Dermatología, Hospital Simón Bolívar, Bogotá, Colombia
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Table 1. Characteristics and Clinical Responses of Patients Treated With Electrosurgery.
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Rhinophyma, a rare and progressive disfiguring condition, is thought to be the final stage of rosacea. Several surgical treatments are available, including dermabrasion, cryosurgery, scalpel excision, electrosurgery, and carbon dioxide laser. The last 2 techniques are the most effective for the management of rhinophyma. We describe a series of cases of moderate or severe rhinophyma treated with high-frequency electrosurgery in the dermatology department of Hospital Simón Bolivar and in private clinics in Bogota, Colombia, between 2012 and 2016. The cosmetic result, as assessed by both the clinicians and the patients, was satisfactory in all cases. Three patients presented hypertrophic scars that were treated with steroid injections and silicone gel sheeting. Two patients presented persistent erythema. However, there were no serious infections and none of the patients required further surgery. Electrosurgery is one of the simplest and most cost-effective techniques currently available for the treatment of rhinophyma by dermatologists.

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Rhinophyma
Sebaceous hyperplasia
Electrosurgery
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El rinofima se considera el estado final de la rosácea, siendo una condición desfigurante progresiva y poco común. Existen diferentes alternativas quirúrgicas como la dermoabrasión, la criocirugía, la escisión con escalpelo, la electrocirugía y el láser CO2. Estas 2 últimas técnicas son las más efectivas en el manejo del rinofima. Se describe una serie de casos de pacientes con rinofima moderado-grave que recibieron manejo con electrocirugía de alta frecuencia en el Servicio de Dermatología del Hospital Simón Bolívar y práctica privada entre 2012 y 2016. Todos los pacientes mostraron respuesta estética satisfactoria basada en el criterio médico y la percepción del paciente. Tres pacientes presentaron cicatrices hipertróficas manejadas con infiltraciones y bandas de silicona. Dos pacientes presentaron eritema persistente. Ningún caso requirió un segundo tiempo quirúrgico, ni infección grave. La electrocirugía es una de las técnicas vigentes más coste-efectivas y de fácil realización por el dermatólogo para el tratamiento del rinofima.

Palabras clave:
Rinofima
Hiperplasia sebácea
Electrocirugía

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