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Phototherapy Induces an Improvement in Clinical and Biochemical Scores in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.490
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21-5
Synopsis: 
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disease for which there is no known cure. Within a range of 425–650 nm and 11.33 J/cm2, phototherapy can induce an improvement in clinical and laboratorial variables in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

ABSTRACT

Objective: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease for which there is no known cure. Ultraviolet light can induce immunosuppressive effects. Our main objective was to ascertain whether a complementary treatment with phototherapy would improve changes in functional scales in patients with RA.

Methods: Seven women with RA were enrolled for this study and submitted to phototherapy sessions with a 425–650 nm lamp.

Accepted: 
30 Sep, 2015
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e-Published: 15 Mar, 2016
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