Effect of Laser Acupuncture on Constipation in Patients With Advanced Cancer

2020-03-27 03:25:32 | BioPortfolio


Constipation is one of the most common complications in patients with advanced cancer.

The aim of this protocol designed as a double-blind randomized controlled trial is to investigate the efficacy of laser acupuncture (LA) therapy on constipation in patients with advanced cancer.

Study Design




Laser acupuncture


Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital




Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2020-03-27T03:25:32-0400

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A technique utilizing a laser coupled to a catheter which is used in the dilatation of occluded blood vessels. This includes laser thermal angioplasty where the laser energy heats up a metal tip, and direct laser angioplasty where the laser energy directly ablates the occlusion. One form of the latter approach uses an EXCIMER LASER which creates microscopically precise cuts without thermal injury. When laser angioplasty is performed in combination with balloon angioplasty it is called laser-assisted balloon angioplasty (ANGIOPLASTY, BALLOON, LASER-ASSISTED).

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