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Laser treatment for toenail fungus
Author(s): David M. Harris; Brian A. McDowell; John Strisower
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Paper Abstract

An infrared pulsed laser was used to irradiate toenails with visible signs of bacterial/fungal infections. Seventeen subjects with both great toes involved were recruited in a podiatric private practice. Toes were randomized to receive either a single treatment or no treatment. The treatment was tolerated by all subjects without anesthesia and there were no occurrences of serious adverse effects. Eleven out of 14 (79%) treated toes improved. Improvement ranged from 2.1 to 6.1 mm over 90 days following a single treatment. There was a highly significant difference (p<0.001) between treated and untreated toes for nail bed clearing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7161, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V, 71610M (19 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.810193
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David M. Harris, Univ. of Washington (United States)
PathoLase, Inc. (United States)
Brian A. McDowell, Northern California Orthopedic Ctrs. (United States)
John Strisower, PathoLase, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7161:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V
Henry Hirschberg; Steen J. Madsen; Reza S. Malek; Nikiforos Kollias; Bernard Choi; Haishan Zeng; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Justus F. R. Ilgner; Kenton W. Gregory; Guillermo J. Tearney; Laura Marcu, Editor(s)

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