Deep heat in the treatment of inflammatory joint disease

A. Weinberger*, R. Fadilah, A. Lev, A. Levi, J. Pinkhas

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There is now a growing body of clinical evidence suggesting a therapeutic approach to cancer and prostatic hypertrophy by using hyperthermia. It is proposed that such a hyperthermic modality can produce thermal synovectomy in inflammatory arthritis. Heating the joint cavity up to 42 deg C can inhibit the enzymatic effect of collagenase, oxygenase, and other enzymes playing a role in the inflammatory process. If this hypothesis is correct, therapeutic intervention using hyperthermia may offer hope for the treatment of isolated inflammatory joint diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-233
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1988
Externally publishedYes


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