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Factors affecting morbidity and complications of laser therapy
Author(s): Keyvan Moghissi; Kate Dixon; J. Andrew C. Thorpe; Ahmed Hashim; Nancy Pullen
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Paper Abstract

We investigated complications and morbidity of laser therapy and we attempted to identify factors which contribute to complications and discuss their prevention. Complications of laser therapy in 1029 patients receiving 1933 treatment episodes either by Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) laser or Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) during a 15 year period by our team were reviewed. The relevant literature was also surveyed. Two types of laser were used: YAG laser was employed endoscopically in 713 patients, al but 4 endoscopically, for esophageal/tracheo-bronchial tumors. There was no laser procedure related mortality in the entire series. There were 44 complications. There were 3 serious non- fatal incidents and 44 minor complications. There were 3 serious non-fatal incidents and 44 minor complications. Conclusions were that in this series there were no fatal/serious complications. The laser unit should have a defined protocol for prevention and therapy of complication which should include 'emergency incidence'.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4156, Clinical Lasers and Diagnostics, (31 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413729
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Keyvan Moghissi, Goole and District Hospital (United Kingdom)
Kate Dixon, Goole and District Hospital (United Kingdom)
J. Andrew C. Thorpe, Goole and District Hospital (United Kingdom)
Ahmed Hashim, Goole and District Hospital (United Kingdom)
Nancy Pullen, Goole and District Hospital (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4156:
Clinical Lasers and Diagnostics
Patrick Brouwer, Editor(s)

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