1st Case Of COVID-19 Pneumonia Patient Shows Significant Imp
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COVID-19 is associated with lung inflammation and cytokine storm. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) is a safe, non-invasive therapy with significant anti-inflammatory effects. Additional terms for PBMT include low-level laser (or light) therapy (LLLT), cold laser, and photobiostimulation. Adjunct PBMT has been employed in treating patients with lung conditions. Human studies and experimental models of respiratory disease suggest PBMT reduces inflammation and promotes lung healing.

This is the first time supportive PBMT was used in a severe case of COVID-19 pneumonia. The case has been published in the American Journal of Case Reports.

A 57-year-old African American man with severe COVID-19 received 4 once-daily PBMT sessions by a laser scanner with pulsed 808 nm and super-pulsed 905 nm modes for 28 min. The patient was evaluated before and after treatment via radiological assessment of lung edema (RALE) by CXR, pulmonary severity indices, blood tests, oxygen requirements, and patient questionnaires.

Results showed:
-- Oxygen saturation (SpO2) increased from 93–94% to 97–100%
-- Oxygen requirement decreased from 2–4 L/min to 1 L/min
-- RALE Chest X-ray score improved from 8 to 5
-- Pneumonia Severity Index improved from Class V (142) to Class II (67)
-- Pulmonary indices, Brescia-COVID and SMART-COP, both decreased from 4 to 0
-- C-Reactive Protein normalized from 15.1 to 1.23
-- Community-Acquired Pneumonia assessment tool reported substantial improvement

Conclusively, this report has presented supportive PBMT in a patient with severe COVID-19 pneumonia. Respiratory indices, radiological findings, oxygen requirements, and patient outcomes improved over several days and without need for a ventilator. Future controlled clinical trials are required to evaluate the effects of PBMT on clinical outcomes in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.

Source: https://www.amjcaserep.com/abstract/index/idArt/926779
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