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Figure 10: Relative change of wound area in severely burned children as a function of duration of treatment (in days) in the group with water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA) and visible light (VIS) and in the control group with only visible light (VIS) (Study Kassel)

(given as minimum, percentiles of 25, median, percentiles of 75, and maximum (box and whiskers graph with the box representing the interquartile range), adapted from [2]).

The figure presents the data from those 10+10 = 20 children (out of 21+24 = 45 children), who had second degree, type a burns (not second degree, type b burns) and were consequently treated non-surgically until complete cutaneous regeneration occurred including irradiation (starting on the day of the burn, until complete reepithelialization) with wIRA(+VIS) or with only VIS (control group).

Patients in the group with wIRA showed a markedly faster reduction of wound area compared to the control group: a median reduction of wound size of 50% was reached in the group with wIRA already after 7 days compared to 9 days in the control group, a median reduction of wound size of 90% was achieved in the group with wIRA already after 9 days compared to 13 days in the control group.