Radiation therapy for the adjunctive treatment of surgically excised Keloids: A Review

Nikoo Cheraghi, Armand Cognetta, David Goldberg

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BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy has been used historically to treat a wide variety of dermatologic conditions, including nonmelanoma skin cancers, lymphomas, and inflammatory skin conditions. Recently, radiotherapy has been used increasingly as a valuable tool in the postsurgical treatment of large or recalcitrant keloids. OBJECTIVE: the objective of this review was to explore the use of radiation therapy as an adjuvant to surgically excised keloids. DESIGN: a pubmed search of all published english literature regarding the applications of radiotherapy for the treatment of keloids was performed using a combination of keywords including radiation, radiotherapy, brachytherapy, electron beam, superficial radiation, orthovoltage radiation, and keloid. The results were analyzed and collated. RESULTS: a comprehensive review of radiotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of keloids was outlined. CONCLUSION: Radiotherapy appears useful as an adjuvant therapy to surgically excised keloids. dermatologists should be well versed in radiotherapy to provide optimal care for patients with recalcitrant keloids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-15
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • Brachytherapy
  • Electron beam
  • Keloid
  • Orthovoltage radiation
  • Radiotherapy
  • Superficial radiation


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