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A Journal on Physiopathology and Therapy of Chronic Cutaneous Ulcers
Official Journal of the Italian Association for Cutaneous Ulcers
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Acta Vulnologica 2008 September;6(3):119-23
Use of laser-assisted delivery of local anesthesia in vascular surgery
Ricci E., Moffa F., Adwan M., Milanese A., Cassino R.
Unità Operativa Autonoma Ferite Difficili Casa di Cura San Luca Pecetto Torinese, Torino, Italia
Aim. The aim of this study was to evaluate a non-invasive method using a laser system for the delivery of local anesthetics through the skin to the wound bed.
Methods. The case series comprised 18 patients in whom administration of general anesthesia would have been difficult.
Results. A positive outcome was achieved in 85.7% of cases; general anesthesia was required in only one case. No side effects were observed.
Conclusion. The good reliability the laser system demonstrated in this small case series suggests it may be a useful method for the intralesional delivery of local anesthetics to the wound bed.