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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 79-87
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/DTE.2.79

Video Endoscopy for Laser Photoresection in Tracheobronchial Pathology: Some Considerations After 9 Years Experience With 2105 Treatments

1Endoscopy Laser Unit, Pneumology Service, Hospital Duran y Reynals, Ciudad Sanitaria y Universitaria de Bellvitge, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona 08907, Spain
2Section of Pulmonmary and Critical Care Medicine, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Gunma University School of Medicine, 3-39-22 Showa-machi, Gunma-ken, Maebashi-shi 371, Japan

Received 30 December 1994; Accepted 26 April 1995

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Between 1984 and 1993 we performed 2105 laser treatments in 1210 patients: 52% of treatments were done for malignant pathology, 45% for benign tracheal stenoses and 3% were in a miscellaneous group. The procedure was carried out with a rigid bronchoscope under general anaesthesia. In patients with malignant tumors, it is a good palliative treatment—safe, well tolerated and with immediate results; it can be repeated as many times as needed with and is well accepted by the patient. In patients without tumors, this method avoids emergency tracheotomies. The long term results are now under evaluation.