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Skin Keloid Overview

Another name for Skin Keloid is Keloids.

What are keloids?
A person with a keloid has overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of a skin injury after it has healed. In a person with keloids, the body forms more scar tissue than is needed for healing. Keloids are more common in dark-skinned races. In those who respond to treatment, keloids usually resolve within 18 months. However, keloids tend to recur after treatment. The cause of keloids is unknown.

What are the symptoms of keloids?
Symptoms of keloids include abnormal scars that are larger than usual. The scar tissue is usually raised and may be darker than the surrounding skin.

How does the doctor treat keloids?
Treatment for keloids may include occlusive dressings, compression therapy, injection of medications into the scar, cryotherapy, laser therapy, and radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Skin Keloid References
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