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Light therapy AND pain

Marie Cooke, Amanda J Ullman, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Marianne Wallis, Amanda Corley, Claire M Rickard
Peripheral intravascular cannula/catheter (PIVC) insertion is a common invasive procedure, but PIVC failure before the end of therapy is unacceptably high. As PIVC failure disrupts treatment and reinsertion can be distressing for the patient, prevention of PIVC failure is an important patient outcome. Consumer participation in PIVC care to prevent failure is an untapped resource. This study aimed to understand consumers' PIVC experience; establish aspects of PIVC insertion and care relevant to them; and to compare experiences of adult consumers to adult carers of a child...
2018: PloS One
Gabriella Fabbrocini, Katlein França, Torello Lotti, Claudio Marasca, Maria Carmela Annunziata, Sara Cacciapuoti, Anna Masarà, Marco Romanelli, Jacopo Lotti, Uwe Wollina, Georgi Tchernev, Nicola Zerbinati
AIM: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory disease, commonly characterized by painful, deep dermal abscesses and chronic draining sinus tracts. Recently, laser and light-based therapies have become more commonly used in the management of HS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report 20 HS patients treated with a 1064 nm wavelength, emitted from a diode laser, launched in an optical fibre through intracavitary modalities. RESULTS: Each patient underwent four laser sessions, one every two weeks...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Mitchell Haas, Gert Bronfort, Roni Evans, Craig Schulz, Darcy Vavrek, Leslie Takaki, Linda Hanson, Brent Leininger, Moni B Neradilek
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The optimal number of visits for the care of cervicogenic headache (CGH) with spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is unknown. PURPOSE: To identify the dose-response relationship between visits for SMT and chronic CGH outcomes; to evaluate the efficacy of SMT by comparison with a light massage control. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Two-site, open-label randomized controlled trial. PATIENT SAMPLE: Participants were 256 adults with chronic CGH...
February 23, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Fernanda Rossi Paolillo, Alessandra Rossi Paolillo, Jessica Patrícia João, Daniele Frascá, Marcelo Duchêne, Herbert Alexandre João, Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato
This study evaluated the synergistic effects of ultrasound (US) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with or without therapeutic exercises (TE) in women with knee osteoarthritis. Forty-two Caucasian women with knee osteoarthritis were allocated into three groups: (1) the placebo group who did not perform TE, but the prototype without emitting light or ultrasonic waves was applied, (2) the US + LLLT group in which only the prototype was applied and (3) the TE + US + LLLT group that performed TE before the prototype was applied...
February 26, 2018: Rheumatology International
L Torezan, B Grinblat, M Haedersdal, N Valente, C Festa-Neto, R M Szeimies
BACKGROUND: Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an approved treatment for actinic keratosis (AK). To enhance the efficacy of PDT for AKs, physical (ablative lasers and microneedling) and chemical (pro-differentiating drugs) pretreatments have been suggested. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of the combination of topical calcipotriol (CAL) before methylaminolevulinate (MAL)-PDT for AKs of the scalp versus conventional MAL-PDT in a randomized controlled-clinical trial...
February 24, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Edward V Maytin, Urvashi Kaw, Muneeb Ilyas, Judith A Mack, Bo Hu
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-scarring alternative for treating basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in patients with Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome (BCNS), also known as Gorlin syndrome. In Europe, red light (635 nm) is the predominant source for PDT, whereas in the United States blue light (400 nm) is more widely available. The objective of this study was to conduct a head-to-head comparison of blue light and red light PDT in the same BCNS patients. METHODS: In a pilot study of three patients with 141 BCC lesions, 5-aminolevulinate (20% solution) was applied to all tumors...
February 19, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Michael R Hamblin, Scott T Nelson, Justin R Strahan
BACKGROUND: Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy is a rapidly growing approach to stimulate healing, reduce pain, increase athletic performance, and improve general wellness. OBJECTIVE: Applying PBM therapy over the site of a tumor has been considered to be a contraindication. However, since another growing use of PBM therapy is to mitigate the side effects of cancer therapy, this short review seeks to critically examine the evidence of whether PBM therapy is beneficial or harmful in cancer patients...
February 21, 2018: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
U Wollina, B Gaber, A Koch
Actinic keratosis (AK) is a premalignant epithelial disease that develops on skin chronically exposed to ultraviolet-light. For outdoor workers, AK is an occupational hazard with a potential for malignant transformation into squamous cell carcinoma. Various topical treatments are used to treat AK's. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) promises the highest cure rates. We performed a prospective single center trial evaluating effects of PDT treatment for field cancerization due to occupational exposure to ultraviolet light irradiation in patients unresponsive to the treatment regimen with topical diclofenac gel...
January 2018: Georgian Medical News
F M C de Vries, A M Meulendijks, R J Driessen, A A van Dooren, E P M Tjin, P C M van de Kerkhof
BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris is a multifaceted skin disorder, affecting more than 85% of young individuals worldwide. Pharmacological therapy is not always desirable because of the development of antibiotic resistance or the potential risk of adverse effects. Non-pharmacological therapies can be viable alternatives for conventional therapies. However, sufficient evidence based support in the efficacy and safety of non-pharmacological therapies is lacking. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of several non-pharmacological therapies in the treatment of acne vulgaris...
February 14, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
B Novak, L Heesen, N Schary, H Lübbert
BACKGROUND: Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a highly effective therapy especially for extended cancerized fields of the skin. Whenever extended fields are treated pain management is advisable. Light source mediated pain management can be performed by reducing fluence rates, as long as this does not compromise efficacy. METHODS: Two squamous cell carcinoma cell lines (A431 and SCC-13) were subjected to in vitro PDT using two different ALA concentrations and synthesis intervals and protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) synthesis was assessed...
February 7, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Paula Jara, José Manuel Matamala, Renato Verdugo, Luis Thompson
Human herpes virus 7 (HHV-7) is a cause of encephalitis, meningitis and myeloradiculoneuropathy in adults who are immunocompetent or with immunosuppression. The involvement of the peripheral nervous system is always associated with myelitis. We report a case of acute polyradiculoneuropathy due to HHV-7, without involvement of central nervous system, in an immunocompetent patient. A 35-years-old man complained of lumbar pain radiating to both buttocks. On examination muscle strength and tendon reflexes were normal...
September 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
Bruno de Moraes Prianti, Giovanna Figueiredo Novello, Tamires de Souza Moreira Prianti, Davidson Ribeiro Costa, Diego Rodrigues Pessoa, Renata Amadei Nicolau
Various therapies for the treatment of sprains have emerged as advances occur in biomedical engineering and photobiology. Therapy with coherent and non-coherent light is a treatment modality for various musculoskeletal injuries. The main certified phototherapy benefits are the reduction of nociceptive processes and the modulation of the inflammatory process, among others. The objective of this study was to analyse the changes caused by the use of light-emitting diodes (LED) (λ627 ± 10 nm) with an energy density of 10 J/cm2 in 40 subjects divided into two groups (20 placebo and 20 LED)...
February 8, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Seung Woon Park, Sam Ryong Jee, Ji Hyun Kim, Sang Heon Lee, Jin Won Hwang, Ji Geon Jang, Dong Woo Lee, Sang Yong Seol
Amyloidosis is defined as the extracellular deposition of non-branching fibrils composed of a variety of serum-protein precursors. Secondary amyloidosis is associated with several chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatologic or intestinal diseases, familial Mediterranean fever, or chronic infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis. Although the association of amyloidosis with inflammatory bowel disease is known, amyloidosis secondary to ulcerative colitis (UC) is rare. A 36-year-old male patient with a 15-year history of UC presented with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain...
January 2018: Intestinal Research
Leslie A Favier, Janalee Taylor, Kristin Loiselle Rich, Karla B Jones, Sheetal S Vora, Julia G Harris, Beth S Gottlieb, Lisa Robbins, Jamie T Lai, Tzielan Lee, Melanie Kohlheim, Jennifer Gill, Laura Bouslaugh, Angela Young, Nancy Griffin, Esi M Morgan, Avani C Modi
OBJECTIVE: Nonadherence is currently an underrecognized and potentially modifiable obstacle to care in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The purpose of our study was to design and implement a standardized approach to identifying adherence barriers for youth with JIA across 7 pediatric rheumatology clinics through the Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network (PR-COIN) and to assess the frequency of adherence barriers in patients and their caregivers across treatment modalities...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Colin A Morton
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), using topically administered photosensitizing agents, is widely approved as a treatment for certain nonmelanoma skin cancers. As a tissue-sparing non-surgical modality, there is great potential for PDT to enhance the choice of therapies available to treat, and potentially prevent, skin cancer. Treatment-specific guidelines have assessed the evidence for various photosensitizing agents and light sources, dosimetry, and evaluate reported adverse effects. Discomfort is frequently experienced during treatment but no analgesia was required in most pivotal lesion-directed studies...
February 7, 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Amar H Kelkar, Kavitha S Jacob, Eman B Yousif, John J Farrell
RATIONALE: Herein, we present a case of seemingly unprovoked portal vein thrombosis (PVT) occurring in the context of an acute cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and prolonged debilitating fatigue. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 46-year-old male airline pilot presented with a 2 week history of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, and daily recurrent fevers. This was in the context of progressive, debilitating fatigue for 3 months forcing the patient to leave his job...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Po-Chang Hsu, Shyi-Jou Chen
RATIONALE: The serum and urine-free light chain (sFLC/uFLC) ratios of kappa (κ) to lambda (λ) serve as biomarkers for plasma cell disorders, especially multiple myeloma. However, to our best knowledge, the ratios have not been appropriately assessed for acute transverse myelitis (ATM). PATIENT CONCERNS: We present a 12-year-old boy who had sudden onset low back pain following paralysis of his 4 extremities and disturbance consciousness. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spine indicated diffuse hyperintensity in T2-weighted images from the cervical spinal cord to the conus medullaris...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Francesco Borgia, Roberta Giuffrida, Emanuela Caradonna, Mario Vaccaro, Fabrizio Guarneri, Serafinella P Cannavò
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive treatment successfully used for neoplastic, inflammatory and infectious skin diseases. One of its strengths is represented by the high safety profile, even in elderly and/or immuno-depressed subjects. PDT, however, may induce early and late onset side effects. Erythema, pain, burns, edema, itching, desquamation, and pustular formation, often in association with each other, are frequently observed in course of exposure to the light source and in the hours/days immediately after the therapy...
January 29, 2018: Biomedicines
Luciana G Langella, Paula F C Silva, Larissa Costa-Santos, Marcela L L Gonçalves, Lara J Motta, Alessandro M Deana, Kristianne P S Fernandes, Raquel A Mesquita-Ferrari, Sandra Kalil Bussadori
BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is described as a subgroup of orofacial pain with a set of signs and symptoms that involve the temporomandibular joint, masticatory muscles, ears, and neck. TMD can occur unilaterally or bilaterally and approximately 70% of the population is affected with at least one sign. The disorder progresses with orofacial pain, muscle pain involving the masticatory and cervical muscles, joint noises (clicks and pops), joint block, mandibular dysfunction, and headache...
January 26, 2018: Trials
Marco Giannelli, Fabrizio Materassi, Tiziana Fossi, Luca Lorenzini, Daniele Bani
Broad methodological heterogeneity makes the literature on the clinical effects of laser treatment in periodontitis, both as monotherapy and adjunct to non-surgical therapy, which is difficult to interpret. The present split-mouth study was performed: (i) to determine the efficacy and safety of a photoablative-photodynamic diode laser therapy, including antiseptic LED irradiation, in adjunct to scaling and root planing (iPAPD+SRP) vs. sham-treatment+SRP for the treatment of diffuse severe periodontitis and (ii) to estimate the patient-reported outcomes...
January 18, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
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