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What are effects from photodynamic therapy?

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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Redness mild burning: In pdt, a medication is administered to reach a target tissue. Light of a specific wavelength is then used to activate the medication causing injury to the target cells. Pdt is often used to treat precancerous skin lesions. Light sensitive medication is first applied to the skin where it is taken up by the abnormally growing precancerous cells. Light is then applied to cause specific cell injury.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Photodynamic Therapy: It uses non-toxic light-sensitive compounds that when exposed to light, they become toxic & destroy diseased cells such as cancer cells.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is photodynamic therapy?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Typically component: This is used for treating skin conditions typified by actively growing cells. A form of chemotherapy is used. The agent called amino levulonic acid is topically applied and actively taken up by the multiplying cells. A light is then applied to the area and the cells which have ingested the ala are sensitized to e logs effects and generally are weakened and die. It is used for different skidiesease.

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