Genital condylomas in pregnancy: Use of trichloroacetic acid and laser therapy

David B. Schwartz, Mitchell D. Greenberg, Yahya Daoud, Richard Reid

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Genital condylomas in pregnancy pose several management problems for the obstetrician, including the mechanical problems of large condylomas and the issues relating to transmission of the human papillomavirus to the fetus during delivery. Transmission of papillomavirus occurs infrequently, but respiratory papillomatosis can result in mortality or lifelong morbidity. We evaluate our experience in treating condylomas in 32 pregnant women, using carbon dioxide laser therapy and 85% trichloroacetic acid. Condylomas in 31 (97%) of 32 women were controlled with this combination therapy. The only maternal complication was an episode of acute pyelonephritis secondary to urethral catheterization. One patient had premature rupture of the membranes 4 days after laser therapy and subsequently was delivered of a healthy neonate at 36%weeks. Prenatal photovaporization of condylomas appears to offer a method of treatment with a low complication and recurrence rate and helps avert the dilemma of whether patients with extensive genital condylomas should be delivered by cesarean section.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1407-1416
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6 PART 1
StatePublished - Jun 1988


  • Genital condylomas
  • laser therapy
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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