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The effect of the photobiomodulation in the treatment of Bell's palsy: clinical experience
Author(s): Fabio Colombo; Aparecida Maria C. Marques; Carolina M. Carvalho; Gardenia M. Paraguassu; José A. C. de Sousa; Edival Magalhaes; Maria Cristina T. Cangussu; Silvia Regina de A. Reis; Antonio Luiz B. Pinheiro
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Paper Abstract

The Bell's palsy (G51) consists of a unilateral face paralysis that sudden begins with unknown cause and can result in complete mimic loss or partial paralysis of the face. Damage to the VII cranial nerve can be found in the pathology, promoting mussel's inactivity. The light Photobiomodulation (LPBM) has presented ability of rush the tissue repair, favoring the regeneration of neural structures. The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness use of the 780nm laser and 850nm LED (light-emitting diode) in the treatment of the face paralysis. Were evaluated 14 patients that suffer of Bell's palsy whom were submitted to the light administration, on the Laser Clinic of the UFBA between 2005 and 2010. The treatment was performed by infrared Laser in 11 patients (78.57%), and by LED in 3 patients (21.42%). At the end of the 12 sections, 11 patients (78.57%) had presented themselves cure or with substantial improvement of the initial picture, however 3 patients (21.42%) dealt with infra-red Laser λ780nm had not evolution. The light presented as an effective method for the treatment of Bell's palsy, but the association with the physiotherapy and medications is important.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8211, Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VII, 82110Q (13 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.912213
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Fabio Colombo, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Aparecida Maria C. Marques, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Carolina M. Carvalho, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Gardenia M. Paraguassu, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
José A. C. de Sousa, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Edival Magalhaes, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Maria Cristina T. Cangussu, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Silvia Regina de A. Reis, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Antonio Luiz B. Pinheiro, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8211:
Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VII
Michael R. Hamblin; Juanita Anders; James D. Carroll, Editor(s)

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