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Curettage is the use of a spoon-shaped instrument (curette) to scrape
off a growth. A curettage procedure to remove a
seborrheic keratosis can cause pain and usually
local anesthetic for pain control. Curettage may be
combined with electrocautery to prevent regrowth.
Curettage is a quick treatment, but it can cause scarring. A fibrous
scar (keloid) may develop after curettage treatment. A
keloid can be itchy or continue to enlarge over time. Like a seborrheic
keratosis, a keloid doesn't require medical treatment but may be a cosmetic
January 22, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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