A prospective comparison of laser therapy and intubation in endoscopic palliation for malignant dysphagia.

@article{Loizou1991APC,
  title={A prospective comparison of laser therapy and intubation in endoscopic palliation for malignant dysphagia.},
  author={Louis A. Loizou and Delia Grigg and M J Atkinson and Chris Robertson and Stephen G. Bown},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={1991},
  volume={100 5 Pt 1},
  pages={1303-10}
}
There is little objective long-term follow-up comparing laser therapy with intubation for palliation of malignant dysphagia. In a prospective, nonrandomized two-center trial 43 patients treated with the neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser were compared with 30 patients treated by endoscopic intubation; the two groups were comparable for mean age and tumor position, length, and histology. Dysphagia was graded from 0 to 4 (0, normal swallowing; 4, dysphagia for liquids). Pretreatment mean… CONTINUE READING