Endoscopic resection of laryngeal and tracheal lesions using the microdebrider

Nuyens, Michel; Zbären, Peter; Seifert, Eberhard (2006). Endoscopic resection of laryngeal and tracheal lesions using the microdebrider. Acta oto-laryngologica, 126(4), pp. 402-7. Stockholm: Informa Healthcare 10.1080/00016480500390246

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CONCLUSION: Endoscopic resection of laryngeal and tracheal lesions using the microdebrider is a safe, accurate and reliable method. OBJECTIVE: The microdebrider is an important tool for endoscopic nasal and sinus surgery and over the last few years a powered blade with a long shaft has been developed for endoscopic laryngeal and tracheal surgery. The aim of this non-randomized prospective study was to determine the advantages and disadvantages of the microdebrider for treating patients with different laryngeal and tracheal pathologies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The laryngeal microdebrider was used under endoscopic control in 37 patients. In 29 cases a benign laryngeal lesion was removed endoscopically. In four patients debulking of a malignant obstructive endolaryngeal tumor was performed in order to avoid a tracheotomy. In four cases a bulky obstructing endotracheal lesion was removed. RESULTS: All laryngotracheal lesions could be removed, and this was facilitated by the use of angled rigid telescopes and the laryngeal blade. No traumatic lesions to normal laryngeal tissue occurred as a result of use of the microdebrider and no postoperative endolaryngeal bleeding was observed. The histological diagnosis of the biopsies taken with the microdebrider was accurate in every case. In three of the four cases with obstructive laryngeal malignancies, a tracheotomy was avoided until definitive therapy was undertaken. Normal breathing was restored in all patients with endotracheal lesions.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)

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Zbären, Peter, Seifert, Eberhard






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04 Oct 2013 14:46

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