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Laser Surgery for Allergic Rhinitis

Laser Surgery for Allergic Rhinitis Abstract • The inferior turbinates of 140 patients with perennial allergic rhinitis were vaporized by a defocused carbon dioxide (CO2) laser beam, using specially designed handpieces. Among these patients, 131 showed improvement in subjective symptoms one month after laser surgery. Excellent or good results were obtained in 27 of 35 patients who were followed up more than one year after laser surgery. The histopathologic changes observed in the nasal mucous membrane after surgery were fibrous proliferation and scar formation in the superficial layer of the submucosa. This surgery can be done under surface anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, and it is painless, with no bleeding. (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:1280-1282) References 1. Norman PS: Clinical evaluation and therapy of allergic rhinitis in adults . Clin Rev Allergy 1984;2:189-196. 2. Ozenberger JM: Cryosurgery in chronic rhinitis . Laryngoscope 1970;80:723-734.Crossref 3. Puhakka H, Rantanen T: Cryotherapy as a method of treatment in allergic and vasomotor rhinitis . J Laryngol Otol 1977;91:535-539.Crossref 4. Goode RL: Surgery of the turbinates . J Otolaryngol 1978;7:262-268. 5. Karja J, Jokinen K, Palva A: Experiences with cryotherapy in otolaryngological practice . J Laryngol Otol 1975;89:519-526.Crossref 6. Mittelman H: CO laser turbinectomies for chronic, obstructive rhinitis . Lasers Surg Med 1982;2:29-36.Crossref 7. Wang QI: Laser in otolaryngology . Chin Med J 1979;92:857-861. 8. DiBartolomeo JR: The argon and CO lasers in otolaryngology: Which one, when and why . Laryngoscope 1981;91( (suppl 26) ):1-16.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1986 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0886-4470
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1538-361X
DOI
10.1001/archotol.1986.03780120044007
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Abstract

Abstract • The inferior turbinates of 140 patients with perennial allergic rhinitis were vaporized by a defocused carbon dioxide (CO2) laser beam, using specially designed handpieces. Among these patients, 131 showed improvement in subjective symptoms one month after laser surgery. Excellent or good results were obtained in 27 of 35 patients who were followed up more than one year after laser surgery. The histopathologic changes observed in the nasal mucous membrane after surgery were fibrous proliferation and scar formation in the superficial layer of the submucosa. This surgery can be done under surface anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, and it is painless, with no bleeding. (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:1280-1282) References 1. Norman PS: Clinical evaluation and therapy of allergic rhinitis in adults . Clin Rev Allergy 1984;2:189-196. 2. Ozenberger JM: Cryosurgery in chronic rhinitis . Laryngoscope 1970;80:723-734.Crossref 3. Puhakka H, Rantanen T: Cryotherapy as a method of treatment in allergic and vasomotor rhinitis . J Laryngol Otol 1977;91:535-539.Crossref 4. Goode RL: Surgery of the turbinates . J Otolaryngol 1978;7:262-268. 5. Karja J, Jokinen K, Palva A: Experiences with cryotherapy in otolaryngological practice . J Laryngol Otol 1975;89:519-526.Crossref 6. Mittelman H: CO laser turbinectomies for chronic, obstructive rhinitis . Lasers Surg Med 1982;2:29-36.Crossref 7. Wang QI: Laser in otolaryngology . Chin Med J 1979;92:857-861. 8. DiBartolomeo JR: The argon and CO lasers in otolaryngology: Which one, when and why . Laryngoscope 1981;91( (suppl 26) ):1-16.Crossref

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Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1986

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