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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Dec;27(12):3937-8. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.3937. Epub 2015 Dec 28.

Low-level laser therapy for the treatment of superficial thrombophlebitis after chemotherapy in breast cancer patients: a case study.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Hanyang University Medical Center, Republic of Korea.
Department of Physical Therapy, Shinsung University: 1 Daehack-ro, Jeongmi-myeon, Dangjin-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea.


[Purpose] We report the case of a breast cancer patient with superficial thrombophlebitis treated with low-level laser therapy. [Case] The patient was a 66-year-old women who developed superficial thrombophlebitis in the left upper limb after chemotherapy. She was administered 6 sessions of low-level laser therapy. [Result] Her pain score decreased by 8 points. Her scores on the Patient and Observer scar Assessment Scale decreased by 18 points for the observer portion and by 26 points for the patient portion. [Conclusion] Low-level laser therapy is effective for the reduction of pain and the size of scar tissue in patients with superficial thrombophlebitis.


Low-level laser therapy; Pain; Superficial thrombophlebitis

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