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Low reactive-level laser therapy in the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia
  1. Keith Glennie-Smith
  1. Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist, Poole General Hospital
  1. 17 Springfield Crescent, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 OLL

Summary

The physical properties of Laser and the present medical uses of applied photobiological energy are outlined.

The neuropathology of herpes zoster and the aetiology of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) are summarised, and the various treatment approaches are discussed. By matching the known healing properties of specific laser wavelengths and the underlying neuropathology of PHN, a profile of therapy has been developed for trial in those patients suffering from intractable PHN, refractory to conventional treatment

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