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Photodynamic therapy in otolaryngology

Padhya, Tapan A. MD; Gluckman, Jack L. MD

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery:
Head And Neck Oncology

Photodynamic therapy was introduced over 20 years ago with great promise in the field of oncology. The theory was simple: inject a biologically inert but photosensitive drug into a test subject and the drug would be preferentially taken up by tumor cells. Activation of this prodrug by laser light would theoretically result in a complete tumoricidal effect. Tumors of the skin, urogenital tract, and mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract and bronchi were targeted due to the ease of access by the laser light. In general, results of multiple studies have been mixed and unpredictable. This review updates the reader on the status of this technology.

Author Information

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, MSB 670528, 231 Bethesda Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45267, USA.

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.