In Intralesional therapy or Intralesional corticosteroid therapy, a drug is placed at the site of disease, by injecting in to the lesion, thus avoiding the side effects of systemic administration. Intralesional therapy in dermatology is also used when topical therapy [external application] is ineffective. A variety of drugs can be used in this method, but corticosteroids are most commonly used. The therapy is also known as intralesional steroid injection technique or intralesional steroid injection procedure.
WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS FOR INTRALESIONAL THERAPY [CONDITIONS IN WHICH IT IS USEFUL]?
In the therapy, the intralesional steroid injection dosage is advisable for the following conditions:
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INTRALESIONAL THERAPY?
- Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars
- Nodular and Cystic Acne
- Alopecia Areata
- Discoid Lupus
- Lichen Simplex Chronicus
- Prurigo Nodularis
- Hypertrophic Lichen Planus
- Post Herpetic Neuralgia etc.
- Intralesional therapy is a simple, office procedure
- It gives excellent results with very few side effects
- It ensures good patient compliance
- Intralesional therapy is also useful in keratotic [thick lesions] conditions where absorption is minimal