Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities

W. Z. Rymer*, Shien-Fong Lin, U. Wesselmann

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Abstract

The application of pulsed or CW infrared lasers to peripheral nerves of mammalian subjects at subablative intensities has shown that action potential propagation is impaired preferentially in slowly conducting axons, and that these laser effects also impair exoplasmic transport over a much longer time period. Parallel studies of afferent processing in the dorsal gray matter of a mammalian spinal cord indicate that synaptic transmission is modified at even lower energy levels. Given that small diameter nerve fibers are concerned primarily with pain transmission, and given further that the superficial regions of dorsal gray matter in the spinal cord are concerned almost exclusively with pain processing, application of infrared lasers to these areas may prove to have short or even long term anesthetic actions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsStephen N. Joffe, Kazuhiko Atsumi
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages343-348
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0819402419
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1990
EventProceedings of Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization Therapeutics, and Systems II - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: 14 Jan 199019 Jan 1990

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1200
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization Therapeutics, and Systems II
CityLos Angeles, CA, USA
Period14/01/9019/01/90

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    Rymer, W. Z., Lin, S-F., & Wesselmann, U. (1990). Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities. In S. N. Joffe, & K. Atsumi (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (pp. 343-348). (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 1200). Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.17476