12 December 2003 Laser palliation of the HIV+ patient
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Proceedings Volume 5287, Laser Florence 2002: A Window on the Laser Medicine World; (2003); doi: 10.1117/12.544901
Event: Laser Florence 2002: A Window on the Laser Medicine World, 2002, Florence, Italy
Abstract
Many oral manifestations of HIV infection can be used as markers for degree of immunosupression. These manifestations may be treated with antibiotics, analgesics, and antineoplastics, which may interact and interfere with antiviral agents used to treat the disease, and possibly exacerbate it. Dentists will see more HIV-infected patients as medical research transforms this disease into a chronic illness. Lasers have been shown to be effective instruments in palliation of oral manifestations of HIV infection. The use of lasers to palliate the painful symptoms of three oral manifestations of HIV infection is described. The advantages and benefits to both patient and dentist will be discussed. The paper does not address the use of lasers as a modality to treat or cure HIV infection -- only to palliate some of its symptoms.
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Robert A. Convissar, "Laser palliation of the HIV+ patient", Proc. SPIE 5287, Laser Florence 2002: A Window on the Laser Medicine World, (12 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.544901; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.544901
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Surgery

Laser induced plasma spectroscopy

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