Obstructing tracheobronchial diseases in children can be treated by a variety of techniques. The nonfiberoptic delivery of the carbon dioxide laser coupled to a rigid bronchoscope has rarely been described for this purpose and has unique advantages over other treatment methods.
The carbon dioxide laser delivered through a rigid bronchoscope is a suitable tool for managing nonvascular endotracheal and endobronchial lesions in the pediatric population. Its unique wavelength properties offer a safe, effective alternative to other lasers and open resection.
SourcePhayvanh P. Sjogren, BA; James D. Sidman, MD Use of the Carbon Dioxide Laser for Tracheobronchial Lesions in Children JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(3):231-235. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.1757
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