Effect of Erbium:YAG Laser Treatment on Scar Pain

Cork, Randall C.; Alexander, Lori; Shepherd, Clifton; Porrata, Alejandro; Ming, Norbert
July 2004
Internet Journal of Anesthesiology;2004, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p22
Academic Journal
Scar pain has persisted as a significant problem for patients who have undergone surgery or suffered trauma. The pain may vary from what is described as irritation or itching to severe neuropathic pain. Recent work by dermatologists using lasers to treat scars for cosmetic reasons has revealed that there has been pain relief from the cosmetic laser treatment. This study examined the effect of a single erbium: YAG laser treatment on 23 patients with chronic (>6 months) scar pain. Assessment was at one month and four months post treatment. Results showed a significant and persistent decrease in McGill Pain Scale, Itch Visual Analog Scale, and Pain Intensity Scale. Treatment of chronic scar pain with readily available cosmetic lasers may be of significant benefit to patients who have not responded to standard injection therapy. This research was funded by the Department of Anesthesiology, LSU Health Sciences Center" Shreveport. Presented in part at the Joint International Laser Conference, September 21-23, 2003, Edinburgh, Scotland.


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