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Session Information

SYM S044 - Photodynamic Therapy

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Monday, March 04

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room B214/215

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Rolf-Markus Szeimies, MD, PhD


  • Elma D. Baron, MD
  • Nicole Basset-Seguin, MD, PhD - Handout
  • Robert Bissonnette, MD, MSc, FAAD - Handout
  • Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD - Handout
  • Percy M. Lehmann, MD
  • Harvey Lui, MD, FAAD
  • Colin A. Morton, MD - Handout
  • David Michael Pariser, MD, FAAD
  • Luis A. Torezan, MD, PhD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Evaluate the use, limitations and potential of topical PDT for premalignant, malignant and inflammatory skin conditions
  • Recognize practical aspects of the therapy and select appropriate patients
  • Select treatment conditions for particular situations and handle specific therapy-related side effects and complications

This session is directed at both potential and experienced users of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Using evidence-based approaches, current applications of topical PDT for non-melanoma skin cancer and precursors like actinic keratoses will be examined. Also inflammatory skin conditions, mainly acne vulgaris, and recent results for antimicrobial PDT will be discussed. The speakers will present treatment details and expected outcomes, and focus also on side effects and complications of PDT and how to cope with them.


  • Overall treatment success after treatment of primary superficial basal cell carcinoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and non-randomized trials. Br J Dermatol 2012 May 21.
  • Photodynamic therapy: current evidence and applications in dermatology. Semin Cutan Med Surg 2011 Dec;30(4):199-209.
  • Photodynamic antifungal chemotherapy. Photochem Photobiol 2012 May-Jun;88(3):512-22.


Monday, March 04
9:00 AMFundamentals of PDT / Dr. Lui
9:15 AMTopical PDT for Actinic Keratosis - US Perspective / Dr. Pariser
9:30 AMTopical PDT for Actinic Keratosis - European Perspective / Dr. Szeimies
9:45 AMPDT for Bowen's Disease / Dr. Morton
10:00 AMPDT for Basal Cell Carcinoma / Dr. Basset-Seguin
10:15 AMQuestions and Answers / All faculty
10:30 AMEnhancing PDT Efficacy / Dr. Haedersdahl
10:45 AMAntimicrobial PDT / Dr. Baron
11:00 AMPDT for Acne vulgaris / Dr. Bissonnette
11:15 AMPDT for Aesthetic Indications / Dr. Torezan
11:30 AMSide Effects of Topical PDT and how to manage them / Dr. Lehmann
11:45 AMAudience Questions for all Panelists / All faculty