Possibilities of Surgical Use of Thulium Laser in Otorhinolaryngology of the Child Patients


Authors: I. Šlapák 1,2;  M. Máchalová 1,2;  M. Veselá 2
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika dětské otorinolaryngologie Fakultní nemocnice Brno 1;  Lékařská fakulta Masarykovy Univerzity, Brno 2
Published in: Otorinolaryng. a Foniat. /Prague/, 63, 2014, No. 4, pp. 227-231.
Category: Original Papers

Overview

Laser surgery in otorhinolaryngology has been used for decades. Various types of laser devices differ in properties and application. Thulium laser combines fine incision, good hemostasis and shallow tissue penetration. For these reasons it can be used for minimum invasive surgeries in pediatric otorhinolaryngology. We retrospectively evaluated a sample of 34 patients aged between 5 days and 19 years, who underwent Thulium laser surgery at Clinic of Pediatric ENT of the University Hospital Brno and Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University from December 2012 to November 2013. 16 patients of this sample underwent nasal surgery. Surgery of congenital choanal atresia was the most frequent in this area (5 cases). Second most frequent surgery was a treatment of lacrimal apparatus obstruction – 10 patients underwent dacryocystorhinostomy. We conclude that Thulium laser technique has a wide-ranging possibility of application and is safe even in the youngest children.

Keywords:
Thulium laser, laser surgeries in otorhinolaryngology, childhood


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