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Oman Medical Journal [2022], Vol. 37, No. 6: e450 

Why Intralesional Measles-Mumps-Rubella is Superior to Bacillus Calmette-Guérin for Treatment of Warts?

Al Mutasim Al-Qassabi1* and Abdulrahman Al Kindi2

1Department of Dermatology, Bahla Hospital, Bahla, Oman

2Department of Dermatology, Nizwa Polyclinic, Nizwa, Oman

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DOI 10.5001/omj.2022.95

Dear Editor,

We thank Dr. Al-Mendalawi for his valuable comments.1 We agree that there are multiple therapies available for the treatment of warts. Regarding the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, recent studies showed that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has superior or comparative results to BCG.2,3 Moreover, BCG needs a prior Mantoux test and is considered unsafe in a tuberculosis-endemic area, making the choice of using MMR superior to BCG.4 Measurement of Th1 and Th2 cytokines during various intralesional immunotherapies is non-practical and unnecessary. Besides, it needs specialized labs which are not available in most settings. There is no definite follow-up period for patients with warts, but a period of three to six months is considered appropriate. In fact, both patients were followed further after publishing the cases and there is no recurrence to date.


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