Closure of chronic non healing ankle ulcer with low level laser therapy in a patient presenting with thalassemia intermedia: Case report

Snehil Dixit, Parul Raj Agrawal, Dinesh Kumari Sharma, Ravindra Pratap Singh

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In this single case study, the possible effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) was explored in the form of light emitting diodes on a chronic non-healing wound of 6 months duration in an 18-year-old male patient suffering from thalassemia intermedia. After irradiation, with LLLT dosage of 17.3 J/cm 2 for 8 min for 2 weeks duration followed by proliferative dosage of 8.65-4.33 J/cm 2 for 4 min from 3rd week to 6th week for 2 min along with antibiotics vancomycin (15 mg/kg) and a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid (1 g). Proliferation of healthy granulation tissue was observed with decrease in score of pressure ulcer scale with complete re-epithelialization eventually LLLT irradiation could be a novel method of treatment for chronic non-healing wound in a thalassemia intermedia patient and an useful adjunct to standard care of treatment of pressure ulcers. It is postulated that LED irradiation augments wound healing with an early closure and no recurrence at the irradiated site even after follow up of 6 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-435
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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