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Iontophoresis

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Updated October 08, 2008

Definition: A medical treatment used to deliver medication across the skin to deeper tissues by the use of electrical polarity.

Physical therapists occasionally use this mechanism to deliver steroid medication to sites of inflammation, or swelling.

Risks of this treatment include:
Adverse reaction to the medication
Burn lesion to the skin

Pronunciation: (ī′än·tə·fə′rē·səs)

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