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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 6, Issue 4, Pages 189-192
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/DTE.6.189

Endoscopic Laser Treatment for Pediatric Nasal Allergy

Department of Otolaryngology, Tokyo Medical University, 6-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Received 10 November 1999; Accepted 17 January 2000

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Abstract

We have used the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser and the gallium aluminium arsenide (GaAlAs) diode laser with flexible fiber delivery instruments for vaporization of the inferior nasal turbinate in pediatric patients since 1993. Under endoscopic control, the whole inferior turbinate was vaporized by 5–10 W laser output delivered via an optical fiber. Generally, the nasal mucosa changes into normal mucosa, and symptoms improve. The greatest symptomatic improvement was in nasal obstruction. The results obtained by the two laser devices were similar although they have had different characteristics. Endoscopic laser surgery is effective in the treatment of pediatric nasal allergy.