Photobiomodulation of surgical wound dehiscence in diabetic individuals by low level laser therapy following median sternotomy: A case series

Snehil Dixit, Arun Maiya, Shashikiran Umakanth, Shirish Borkar

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Abstract

In this single case study we attempt to outline the possible effect of low level laser therapy on delayed wound healing (LLLT) in chronic dehiscent sternotomy of a diabetic individual. The methods that were employed to evaluate changes pre and post irradiation were wound photography, wound area measurement, pressure ulcer scale of healing (PUSH) and visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain. After irradiation, proliferation of healthy granulation tissue was observed with decrease in scores of PUSH for sternal dehiscence and VAS for bilateral shoulders and sternal dehiscence. We found that LLLT irradiation could be a novel method of treatment for chronic sternal dehiscence following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), as it augments wound healing with an early closure of the wound deficit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-91
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism
Volume20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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