A Case of Reed Syndrome with an Unusually Extensive Cutaneous Burden Treated with Fully Ablative Erbium:YAG Laser Resurfacing Therapy


West Florida


Largo Medical Center

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Case Report

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Erbium, YAG, Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell carcinoma syndrome, laser, leiomyoma


Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities | Dermatology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases


Reed Syndrome, or hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell carcinoma syndrome, is a rare, autosomal dominant genetic condition that predisposes individuals to a triad of cutaneous leiomyomas, uterine leiomyomas and renal cell carcinoma. Cutaneous leiomyomas are often the first manifestation of the syndrome, occurring in 76% of patients and average 26 in number. We present a case of a 47 year old female with Reed Syndrome with an unusually extensive cutaneous burden, with a total of 361 cutaneous lesions, far above the average reported number of 26. Due to the extent of her cutaneous burden, painful nature of the lesions and failure to respond to standard therapies, she was referred for fully ablative Erbium:Yag laser resurfacing therapy. The use of fully ablative Erbium:YAG laser resurfacing therapy for treatment of cutaneous leiomyomas has not been reported in the literature to date. One year following laser therapy, the treatment area not only began to repigment, but there was also no evidence of cutaneous leiomyomas recurrence or associated pain. Given the effectiveness of this unique therapy, fully ablative Erbium:YAG laser resurfacing should be kept in mind as a treatment option for both cosmetic and symptomatic cutaneous leiomyomas.

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Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy