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Effect of low-intensity millimeter-range electromagnetic irradiation on the recovery of function in lesioned sciatic nerves in rats

Authors
  • Kolosova, L. I.
  • Akoev, G. N.
  • Ryabchikova, O. V.
  • Avelev, V. D.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
28
Issue
1
Pages
26–30
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF02461908
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The effects of electromagnetic irradiation (EMI) of wavelength 5.6 mm (frequency 53.57 GHz) and power density 4 mW/cm2 on the recovery of function in damaged rat sciatic nerve were studied; damage was produced by nerve section followed by microsuturing. Irradiation was applied to the skin of the thigh in the area of suturing. Total action potential (TAP) recording from the nerve was used to study the functional properties of regenerating nerve fibers five months after lesioning. These experiments demonstrated that EMI had a stimulatory effect on regenerative processes in the nerve, in terms of 25–30% increases in the rate of action potential conduction along nerve fibers, with increases in TAP amplitude.

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