Cryosurgery for verruca palmaris

Nancy S. Handler, Marc Zachary Handler, Robert A. Schwartz

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Verruca palmaris is a common presentation resulting from HPV infection of keratinocytes of the palms. If the virus is not suppressed, replication of the epithelium occurs, creating a keratotic papilloma of the palm. Cryosurgery is the first line treatment for verruca palmaris, resulting in destruction of the verruca's vascular supply and stimulation of the immune system. Optimal technique involves targeted destruction of the wart with no greater than 2-3 mm of collateral destruction of healthy adjacent tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDermatological Cryosurgery and Cryotherapy
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781447167655
ISBN (Print)9781447167648
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • HPV
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Imiquimod
  • Podophyllotoxin
  • Verruca
  • Verruca palmaris
  • Wart

Cite this

Handler, N. S., Handler, M. Z., & Schwartz, R. A. (2016). Cryosurgery for verruca palmaris. In Dermatological Cryosurgery and Cryotherapy (pp. 625-627). Springer London.