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Laser surgery for nodules and other benign laryngeal lesions

Benninger, Michael S

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery: December 2009 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p 440–444
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e3283317cae
Laryngology and bronchoesophagology: Edited by Peter C. Belafsky

Purpose of review: The purpose of this review is to describe the potential use of lasers in the treatment of benign superficial lesions of the larynx and discuss possible roles for vocal nodules.

Recent findings: Although there are many articles that describe the use of lasers in benign laryngeal lesions, there have not been much recent data with CO2 lasers for such lesions and very little to describe the use in vocal nodules. Most recent data have been related to other lasers such as the pulse-dye or potassium titanyl phosphate lasers.

Summary: Lasers can be used safely in the larynx to remove benign superficial laryngeal lesions. The safety and efficiency of microdissection techniques and the lack of evidence to support the use of newer lasers for vocal nodules would suggest selective laser use for removing vocal nodules.

Head and Neck Institute, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Correspondence to Michael S. Benninger, MD, Chairman, Head and Neck Institute, The Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA Tel: +1 216 444 6686; fax: +1 216 445 9362; e-mail: benninm@ccf.org

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.