Wart Regression in Children: Comparison of Relaxation-Imagery to Topical Treatment and Equal Time Interventions

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Department of Pediatrics

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Warts; Relaxation Therapy; Imagery (Psychotherapy)




Relaxation mental imagery (RMI), standard topical treatment (TopTx), and equal time-control interventions were compared on measures of wart regression in sixty one, 6–12-year-old children. Subjects chose one common (“index”) wart and attended 4 visits over 8 weeks. At each visit, total and “index” extremity wart number were counted and a photo was taken of the “index wart” for later measurement. On average, total wart number decreased by 10% and “index wart” area decreased by 20% with no significant group differences during the first eight weeks. Phone follow was conducted 6 to 18 months from study entry. At phone follow up, there was a trend for more RMI and TopTx subjects to report complete wart resolution (p = 0.07) with a majority of RMI children reporting use of RMI or no specific treatment pursuit. We conclude there was no significant short-term benefit for RMI in this randomized controlled trial of wart regression in children. However, longer term benefits for RMI and TopTx groups are suggested.

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Hall H, Olness K, Schmidt W, Kohen D, Berman B, Felt BT, Broffmon G, Coury D, French G, Dattner A, Young MH: Wart regression in children: Comparison of relaxation imagery to topical treatment and equal time interventions. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 41:2, 130-138, 1998. DOI: 10.1080/00029157.1998.10404199

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American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis