Background: Intradermal therapy (mesotherapy) is a technique used to inject drugs into the surface layer of the skin. The intradermal micro deposit allows to modulate the kinetics of drugs, slowing down its absorption and prolonging the local mechanism of action. This technique is applied in the treatment of some forms of localized pain when a systemic drug-saving effect is useful, when it is necessary to synergize with other pharmacological or non-pharmacological thera-pies, when other therapies have failed or cannot be used. Aim: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the effect of a mixture with respect to its lower concentration. We also wanted to evaluate the number of sessions needed to reach the therapeutic goal (50% reduction in pain from baseline) in patients with acute or chronic neck pain. Method: We analyzed retrospectively data from 62 patients with cervicobrachial pain treated with intradermal drugs. Group A received a mixture of drugs; group B received half the dose of drugs. Results: Patients who received a lower concentration of drugs achieved similar results to those who received a higher dose. The therapeutic goal was achieved on average with 3.5 + 1.7 sessions on a weekly basis (min 1; max 9). Subjects in group A required 4+1.7 treatments (min 1; max 9), while subjects in group B required 3+1.5 treatments (min 1; max 7). Conclusions: Our study confirms that even a lower dose of drugs can induce a clinically useful result. This study confirms that the useful effect of mesotherapy is only partly due to the pharmacological action. Further randomized prospective studies are needed to standardize the technique in the various pain syndromes, but it is recommended to follow the guidelines of the Italian Society of Mesotherapy to ensure patients receive appropriate treatment.

Intradermal therapy (mesotherapy): the lower the better

Natoli, S;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Background: Intradermal therapy (mesotherapy) is a technique used to inject drugs into the surface layer of the skin. The intradermal micro deposit allows to modulate the kinetics of drugs, slowing down its absorption and prolonging the local mechanism of action. This technique is applied in the treatment of some forms of localized pain when a systemic drug-saving effect is useful, when it is necessary to synergize with other pharmacological or non-pharmacological thera-pies, when other therapies have failed or cannot be used. Aim: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the effect of a mixture with respect to its lower concentration. We also wanted to evaluate the number of sessions needed to reach the therapeutic goal (50% reduction in pain from baseline) in patients with acute or chronic neck pain. Method: We analyzed retrospectively data from 62 patients with cervicobrachial pain treated with intradermal drugs. Group A received a mixture of drugs; group B received half the dose of drugs. Results: Patients who received a lower concentration of drugs achieved similar results to those who received a higher dose. The therapeutic goal was achieved on average with 3.5 + 1.7 sessions on a weekly basis (min 1; max 9). Subjects in group A required 4+1.7 treatments (min 1; max 9), while subjects in group B required 3+1.5 treatments (min 1; max 7). Conclusions: Our study confirms that even a lower dose of drugs can induce a clinically useful result. This study confirms that the useful effect of mesotherapy is only partly due to the pharmacological action. Further randomized prospective studies are needed to standardize the technique in the various pain syndromes, but it is recommended to follow the guidelines of the Italian Society of Mesotherapy to ensure patients receive appropriate treatment.
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