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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 362-364

Successful treatment of verruca vulgaris with Thuja occidentalis in a renal allograft recipient


1 Department of Nephrology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
3 Department of Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

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G T John
Department of Nephrology, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632 004
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.116316

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Human papillomavirus-driven verruca vulgaris infection is common in solid organ transplant recipients and increases the risk for squamous cell carcinoma. The available treatment modalities have limited response. We report a renal allograft recipient who presented with multiple warts not responding to cryotherapy and radiosurgery with one turning malignant, needing amputation of the finger. An extract from Thuja occidentalis (White cedar tree) cured the resistant warts on the other fingers, leaving only superficial scars and without affecting allograft function. We have reviewed the pharmacological and clinical properties of T. occidentalis.






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