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In-vitro evaluation of three lasers for the potential treatment of equine pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia
Author(s): Lloyd P. Tate; Diann L. Weddle; Maria T. Correa
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Paper Abstract

Three medical lasers, Argon, CO2, and Nd:YAG, were studied at power outputs of 5 watts, 5 watts, and 40 watts respectively. Laser irradiation was directed at the pharyngeal mucosa of sagittally split horses heads in a randomized fashion. Areas irradiated were measured immediately using hand held calipers, and after being prepared for microscopic examination to determine width and depth of penetration into the mucosa. The results indicated that tissue destruction produced by the CO2 laser was predictable compared to the Nd:YAG laser. The Argon laser, between 1 and 6 seconds of exposure, produced only superficial photoablation of mucosal tissue which did not extend into the muscular layer. The conclusion of this in vitro investigation was that the Argon laser irradiation applied transendoscopically may be a reasonable substitute for surgery and electrocautery commonly used to treat follicular lymphoid hyperplasia, a respiratory disease of young horses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1880, Lasers in Orthopedic, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine II, (21 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148339
Show Author Affiliations
Lloyd P. Tate, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Diann L. Weddle, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Maria T. Correa, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1880:
Lasers in Orthopedic, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine II
Dov Gal; Stephen J. O'Brien; C. T. Vangsness; Joel M. White; Harvey A. Wigdor, Editor(s)

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