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Delayed Wound Healing Following Treatment With Low-Dose Interferon Alfa-2b for Cutaneous Melanoma

Alfred F. Ammoury, MD; Fouad El Sayed, MD; Jacques Bazex, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(10):1331-1344. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.10.1339.
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Adjuvant therapies for cutaneous melanoma have been well studied, and to our knowledge only high-dose interferon alfa-2b shows reproducible benefit.1 Efforts to improve the toxic effects profile of high-dose regimens have included the use of lower doses. We report a case of delayed wound healing secondary to treatment with low-dose interferon alfa-2b for cutaneous melanoma.

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Fibrin deposit covering the bottom of the wound with some areas of budding. The margins are red without signs of epidermization.

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Complete wound closure 2 months after stopping interferon treatment. Note the evidence of the initial LLL-plasty.

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