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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Sous presse. Epreuves corrigées par l'auteur. Disponible en ligne depuis le dimanche 14 juillet 2013
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.04.054
accepted : 15 April 2013
Treatment of onychomycosis using a submillisecond 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser

Caitlin Carney, MD, Wendy Cantrell, CRNP, DNP, Judy Warner, BA, Boni Elewski, MD
 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 

Reprint requests: Boni Elewski, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, EFH 414-Dermatology, 1530 Third Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294-0009.

Laser treatment has emerged as a novel treatment modality for onychomycosis.


We sought to determine thermal response and optical effects of a submillisecond neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) 1064-nm laser on common fungal nail pathogens, and the clinical efficacy and safety of the Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser on onychomycotic toenails.


A 4-part in vitro and in vivo study was conducted using a Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser. The first portion evaluated 3 different nail pathogens in suspension at 7 heat and time exposures. The second and third parts of the study irradiated pure fungal colonies. The final portion involved an in vivo treatment of toenails over 5 treatment sessions.


A fungicidal effect for Trichophyton rubrum was seen at 50°C after 15 minutes, and for Epidermophyton floccosum at 50°C after 10 minutes. Limited growth of Scytalidium was seen at 55°C after 5 minutes. No inhibition was observed after laser treatment of fungal colonies or suspensions. In vivo treatment of toenails showed no improvement in Onychomycosis Severity Index score.


The Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser was the only laser tested.


Laser treatment of onychomycosis was not related to thermal damage or direct laser effects. In vivo treatment did not result in onychomycosis cure.

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Key words : fungal, irradiation, laser, neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet, onychomycosis, Onychomycosis Severity Index, thermal

Abbreviations used : CFU, Nd:YAG, OSI

 Supported by Cutera Inc, Brisbane, CA.
 Disclosure: Dr Elewski has received grants from Cutera Inc and Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc, and a grant and honoraria from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Drs Carney and Cantrell and Ms Warner have no conflicts of interest to declare.
 In vitro results were presented as a poster at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, FL, March 5-10, 2010.

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