Use of photodynamic therapy to treat prostatic tissue
Patent 5514669 Issued on May 7, 1996. Estimated Expiration Date: September 29, 2013. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
The present invention provides a method for diagnosing or treating prostatic tissue in a human or animal patient which comprises sensitizing the prostatic tissue with an effective amount of a photosensitive composition which accumulates in the prostatic tissue and exposing the sensitized tissue to a source of light energy for a predetermined time and intensity sufficient to cause cellular and/or tissue function of the sensitized prostatic tissue to diminish or cease.
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