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Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy over lung tissue for patients with COVID-19

I am wondering if anyone is aware of any research involving the use of pulsed shortwave diathermy (at any approved frequency, but especially 27.12 MHz via inductive drum) over lung tissue to assist patients with COVID-19? Curious if this would assist or harm depending on severity of disease (provided no other contraindications of course). Thanks ahead for any thoughts / info!

Anthony Gianpetro

5 months ago

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Dr Ethne Nussbaum
Dr Ethne Nussbaum

Interesting question. 40 years ago, pulsed shortwave therapy (SWT) was commonly applied across the chest to promote resolution of fibrosis in condition of pneumonia. Used in children & adults at Brompton chest hospital in the UK. Currently, there seems to be so much opposition to using SWT - contraindications & precautions are plenty. I definitely am NOT able to comment on whether it would be beneficial in resolving the fibrosis that occurs with COVID-19. If you know of any research or of anyone using it for this purpose it would be so helpful to post something on this website.

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