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Use of a punch tool for paring plantar warts in an “awl-like” manner

  • Author(s): Neill, Brett;
  • Rajpara, Anand;
  • Liu, Deede;
  • Aires, Daniel
  • et al.

Paring is useful for both diagnosis and treatment of plantar warts. Paring techniques generally involve scalpel blades, abrasive tools, or curettes. However, these tools do not permit the use of an “awl-like” carving technique of the wart afforded by using a punch biopsy tool. We have found this technique to be associated with greater precision and safety, as well as potentially increased efficacy compared to traditional methods.

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