Actinic Keratosis Questions & Answers

Updated: Jan 23, 2020
  • Author: James M Spencer, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is the role of fluorescence in the diagnosis of actinic keratosis?

What is actinic keratosis?

What are the signs and symptoms of actinic keratosis?

How are the lesions of actinic keratosis characterized?

What is the role of skin biopsy in the diagnosis of actinic keratosis?

How is actinic keratosis characterized?

What are the treatment options for actinic keratosis?

Which medications are FDA approved for the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What are the surgical options for eradication of actinic keratosis?

What is actinic keratosis?

What is the pathophysiology of actinic keratosis?

What causes actinic keratosis?

What is the prevalence of actinic keratosis in the US?

What is the global prevalence of actinic keratosis?

What are the racial predilections in prevalence of actinic keratosis?

What is the sexual predilection in prevalence of actinic keratosis?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of actinic keratosis?

What is the prognosis of actinic keratosis?

What is included in patient education about actinic keratosis?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of actinic keratosis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of actinic keratosis?

What are complications of actinic keratosis?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of actinic keratosis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Actinic Keratosis?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of skin biopsy in the workup of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of florescence in the workup of actinic keratosis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of actinic keratosis?

Treatment

What are the treatment options for actinic keratosis?

What is the role of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of imiquimod in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of ingenol mebutate gel (Picato) in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of topical diclofenac sodium 3% gel in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

What is the role of dietary modification in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of actinic keratosis?

How is actinic keratosis prevented?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with actinic keratosis?

Medications

What are goals of drug treatment for actinic keratosis?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, Topical are used in the treatment of Actinic Keratosis?

Which medications in the drug class Photosensitizing Agent, Topical are used in the treatment of Actinic Keratosis?

Which medications in the drug class Immunomodulator, Topical are used in the treatment of Actinic Keratosis?

Which medications in the drug class Antineoplastic Agent, Topical are used in the treatment of Actinic Keratosis?