Nd:YAG laser bronchoscopy. A five-year experience with 1,396 applications in 1,000 patients.

@article{Cavaliere1988NdYAGLB,
  title={Nd:YAG laser bronchoscopy. A five-year experience with 1,396 applications in 1,000 patients.},
  author={Sergio Cavaliere and Piero Foccoli and P. L. Farina},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1988},
  volume={94 1},
  pages={15-21}
}
We treated 1,000 patients with the Nd:YAG laser. The rigid bronchoscope was used in 1,280 (92 percent) of the treatments, with patients almost always under general anesthesia; 116 (8 percent) treatments were performed with the flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope alone, with the use of local anesthesia. In almost all cases of benign tumors and in many carcinoid tumors, the treatment was curative. In genuine nonmalignant tracheal stenoses, laser therapy was curative in 34 out of 81 cases. In… CONTINUE READING
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