Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Medical Science (MMSc)
Richard J. Antaya, MD
Surgical excision and laser are the two of the most commonly performed treatments for congenital melanocytic nevi, a type of birthmark present at birth or manifest infancy. Children with small to medium-sized congenital melanocytic nevi on the face and neck may elect treatment. However, there is no evidence-based guideline for the choice of treatment for small to medium-sized congenital melanocytic nevi that considers a child’s quality of life. We propose a non-randomized, open-label trial to compare the functional effect of surgical excision and laser treatment on the holistic wellbeing of school-aged children with head and neck congenital melanocytic nevi of ≤10 cm. We will also use the Children’s Dermatology Life Quality Index to evaluate pre- and post-procedural health-related quality of life. This proposed study is the first to compare the two common treatments for congenital melanocytic nevi, which will contribute to the evidence-based guidance for clinical practice.
Lai, Yunru, "Comparing Congenital Melanocytic Nevus Treatment Effect on Children’s Health-Related Quality of Life" (2018). Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program Theses. 63.
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