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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

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

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