Cryotherapy versus electrocautery in the treatment of genital warts

Br J Vener Dis. 1981 Aug;57(4):273-4. doi: 10.1136/sti.57.4.273.


Forty-two male patients with ano-genital warts were randomly allocated to a single-blind study of cryotherapy versus electrocautery. There was no significant difference in the success rates of these two forms of treatment in patients followed for three months. Cryotherapy was qualitatively much more acceptable to the patients than electrocautery. It seems particularly suited to patients with widely scattered warts who are unable to attend for regular treatment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Anus Diseases / therapy*
  • Cryosurgery*
  • Electrocoagulation*
  • Genital Diseases, Male / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Warts / therapy*