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QUESTION: In patients with common paediatric warts, is duct tape occlusion treatment more effective than cryotherapy for improving wart resolution?
Randomised (allocation concealed*), blinded (clinicians),* controlled trial with a follow up of ≤16 weeks.
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
61 patients (age range 3–22 y) who had common warts. Exclusion criteria included immunodeficiency states; chronic skin diseases (eg, eczema or psoriasis); allergy to adhesive tape; warts located on the face, periungual, perianal, or genital areas; and previous cryotherapy for the same wart. Follow up was 84% (mean age 9 y, 51% girls).
Patients were allocated to duct tape occlusion treatment for a maximum of 2 months or until resolution of the wart (n=30) or cryotherapy every 2–3 weeks for a maximum of 6 treatments or until resolution of the wart (n=31). Patients in the duct tape group received a supply of standard duct tape. The first piece of duct tape, …