Photodynamic therapy as a new treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis
AbstractWe assessed the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis in 5 patients. Delta-aminolevulinic acid in a water- in-oil emulsion was applied to the lesions and irradiation was performed. The treatment was repeated once a week for a month. Each time, direct smears of the lesions were prepared and cultured in NNN media. In direct staining, smears showed no amastigotes after 1 or 2 sessions. Healing and cosmetic outcome after photodynamic therapy was excellent. Only mild local inflammatory reaction was noted with no scarring and 4 months after the last treatment session, there were no clinical signs of recurrence
Ghaffarifar, F., Jorjani, O., Mirshams, M., Miranbaygi, M.H. & Hosseini, Z.K. (2006). Photodynamic therapy as a new treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 12 (6), 902-908, 2006 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117169
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 12 (6), 902-908, 2006
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