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Laser-assisted tympanostomy (LAT) in adult individuals
Author(s): E. P. Prokopakis; V. A. Lachanas; Emmanuel S. Helidonis M.D.; G. Velegrakis
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Paper Abstract

Objectives: To assess outcome, in adult individuals undergone Laser Assisted Tympanostomy (LAT) without ventilation tube placement. Method: LAT was performed on a total of 95 ears (72 individuals). Indications included serous otitis media with effusion (44 ears/31 patients), eustachian tube dysfunction (32 ears/24 patients), acute otitis media (13 ears/11 patients), and endoscopic visualization of the middle ear (6 ears/6 patients). Results: Middle ear disease was resolved after the closure of tympanostomy in 48% of patients with serous otitis media with effusion. In 78% of patients with Eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms were diminished. All patients with acute otitis media had a satisfactory outcome. LAT was found quite effective in patients undergoing middle ear endoscopy. Conclusion: LAT without ventilation tubes provides a safe alternative surgical option in adult patients in certain cases. The selection criteria for this procedure are addressed in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 June 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5449, Eighth International Conference on Laser and Laser Information Technologies, (21 June 2004);
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E. P. Prokopakis, Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
V. A. Lachanas, Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
Emmanuel S. Helidonis M.D., Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
G. Velegrakis, Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5449:
Eighth International Conference on Laser and Laser Information Technologies
Vladislav Ya. Panchenko; Nikola V. Sabotinov, Editor(s)

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