Papillomatosis of the larynx: treatment with CO2 laser
M. Mesolella, G. Motta, M. Laguardia and V. Galli
ENT Department, University “Federico II”, Naples, Italy, Via Pansini 5, 80100 Naples, Italy
Papillomatosis; larynx; laser CO2; endoscopic treatment
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Papillomatosis of the larynx: treatment with CO2 laser. Objectives : We report our experience treating papil- lomatosis of the larynx using CO2 laser which has a lower risk of post surgical complications. Papillomatosis has a high incidence of recurrence after surgical treatment. Methods: We treated 42 patients (10 adults and 32 children) affected by multiple papillomatosis of the larynx. Smaller papillomas were vaporized with a 7-8 Watt CO2 laser and larger papillomas were resected at the base of their implanta- tion.A strict follow-up during the first 3 years after surgical treatment was necessary to manage recurrences with CO2 laser endoscopy. Results: All patients presented with recurrences after the first surgical treatment, but within 18-60 months all patients presented a solution of their pathology. Post-operative complications were observed in patients who did not comply with the strict follow-up protocol and presented with large lesions requiring more invasive surgery. Conclusions: CO2 laser endoscopy, although it did not prevent recurrences of papillomatosis in the larynx, is a valid surgical approach in the management of this pathology.
Vol. 2, 2006, 2nd trimester

Papillomatosis of the larynx: treatment with CO2 laser