Special Section on Light for Life: International Year of Light 2015

Development and comparison of two devices for treatment of onychomycosis by photodynamic therapy

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Ana Paula da Silva, Daniel José Chiandrone, Jefferson Wanderson Rossi Tinta, Cristina Kurachi, Natalia Mayumi Inada, Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato

University of São Paulo, São Carlos Institute of Physics, CePOF, Worker Sancarlense Avenue, 400, São Carlos, SP 13566-590, Brazil

J. Biomed. Opt. 20(6), 061109 (May 08, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.6.061109
History: Received October 3, 2014; Accepted April 9, 2015
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Abstract.  Onychomycosis is the most common nail disorder. The treatment for this type of infection is one of the main difficult ones in clinical practice, due to the fact that the nails are nonvascularized structures, which compromise the penetration of drugs delivered systemically and favor slow nail growth. We present two devices based on light-emitting diode arrays as light sources for the treatment of onychomycosis by photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is an emerging technique that uses a photosensitizer (PS) activated by light in the presence of oxygen. The PS absorbs energy from light and transfers it to oxygen, producing reactive oxygen species such as hydroxyl radicals, superoxide, and singlet oxygen which inactivate fungi and bacteria. Our proposal is the use of a portable and secure light source device in patients with onychomycosis. Additional advantages are the low cost involved, the possibility of topical treatment rather than systemic and the simplicity of operation. These advantages are important to ensure the implementation of this technology for the treatment of an impacting health problem.

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Ana Paula da Silva ; Daniel José Chiandrone ; Jefferson Wanderson Rossi Tinta ; Cristina Kurachi ; Natalia Mayumi Inada, et al.
"Development and comparison of two devices for treatment of onychomycosis by photodynamic therapy", J. Biomed. Opt. 20(6), 061109 (May 08, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.20.6.061109


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