The treatment of plantar warts using microwave – A review of 85 consecutive cases in the United States (2023)

Aditya K. Gupta MD, PhD, Tong Wang MSc, Elizabeth A. Cooper BSc, Robert M. Conenello DPM, Ivan R. Bristow PhD, FRCPodM

Plantar warts (verrucae plantaris) are a common source of pain for patients and are often refractory to treatment. Previous work has shown a high clearance rate of verrucae using a surface-based microwave device (Swift®).


To assess the efficacy, defined as the complete visible clearance of warts, in patients with verrucae plantaris receiving microwave treatment.


We undertook a retrospective review and identified records of 85 patients who underwent a course of microwave treatment at a single US-based podiatry centre. Efficacy was analyzed on the basis on intention-to-treat.

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