Current concepts in gastrointestinal photodynamic therapy.

@article{Webber1999CurrentCI,
  title={Current concepts in gastrointestinal photodynamic therapy.},
  author={John A. Webber and Mark A. Herman and David Kessel and David Fromm},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1999},
  volume={230 1},
  pages={12-23}
}
OBJECTIVE To review current concepts of photodynamic therapy (PDT) applied to the treatment of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA PDT initially involves the uptake or production of a photosensitive compound by tumor cells. Subsequent activation of the photoreactive compound by a specific wavelength of light results in cell death, either directly or as a result of vascular compromise and/or apoptosis. METHODS The authors selectively review current concepts relating… CONTINUE READING
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