Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pulsed-KTP Laser Applications in Head and Neck Surgery

Angiolytic lasers target blood vessels, and preferentially treat vascular tissue while preserving surrounding less vascular tissue.  This characteristic allows treatment of a variety of ear, nose, and throat disorders with favorable results compared with non-selective lasers.  Examples of angiolytic lasers used in the head and neck include the KTP, Nd-Yag, and pulsed dye laser. 

Common applications include treatment of laryngeal papillomatosis (recurrent respiratory papillomatosis), inferior turbinate hypertrophy, vocal cord pre-cancer and cancer, vascular malformations, telangiectasias of the skin, nose, and vocal cords, and nosebleeds.

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