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Controlled feasibility trial comparing the use of 1470nm and 940nm diode laser for the treatment of hyperplastic inferior nasal turbinates
Author(s): Ronald Sroka; Miriam Havel; Andreas Leunig; Christian S. Betz
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Paper Abstract

Introduction: So far various laser systems have been used for volume reduction of hyperplastic nasal turbinates. In case of endonasal application, fiber controlled diode lasers are preferred due to reasons of cost and practicability. The aim of this clinical study was to compare the coagulative tissue effects using either λ=1470nm vs. λ=940nm emitting lasers in treatment of hyperplastic inferior nasal turbinates in an intraindividual manner. Patients and methods: This prospective, randomized, double-blind, clinical feasibility trial included 20 patients suffering from hyperplastic inferior nasal turbinates. In each case, one nasal cavity was treated using 1470nm laser at 4- 5W, the other one with 940nm laser at 12W. Treatment was performed endoscopically controlled in non-contact mode. Clinical presentation and patients symptoms were documented preoperatively and on day 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 postoperatively using rhinomanometry, standardized questionnaires including SNOT 20 GAV (German adapted version), and separate endoscopic examination respectively. Results: None of the patients showed infections, hemorrhages or other complications occurred intra- or postoperatively. The mean operation time was significantly shorter using the 1470nm diode laser as compared to the 940nm laser, thus lower energy was applied. There was a significant reduction of nasal obstruction on day 21 postoperatively compared to the preoperative condition on both sides regardless of the laser system used. Evaluation of the SNOT-Scores as assessed before and three weeks after surgery showed significant subjective improvements. Conclusion: Compared with standard application of 940nm diode laser, 1470nm diode laser application provides an equivalent tissue reduction in shorter operation time using less total energy and a comparable relief of nasal obstruction postoperatively.

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Date Published: 9 February 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8207, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VIII, 82072Y (9 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921268
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald Sroka, Univ. Hospital of Munich (Germany)
Miriam Havel, Univ. Hospital of Munich (Germany)
Andreas Leunig, Univ. Hospital of Munich (Germany)
Christian S. Betz, Univ. Hospital of Munich (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8207:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VIII
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Andreas Mandelis; Kenton W. Gregory; Nikiforos Kollias; Hyun Wook Kang; Henry Hirschberg; Melissa J. Suter; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Justus F. Ilgner; Stephen Lam; Bodo E. Knudsen; Steen Madsen; E. Duco Jansen; Bernard Choi; Guillermo J. Tearney; Laura Marcu; Haishan Zeng; Matthew Brenner; Krzysztof Izdebski, Editor(s)

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