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OROPHARYNX

A new tongue plate for use in oropharyngeal KTP laser surgery


Authors : C. A. Ayshford, M. Kabbani, T. N. Reddy (Walsall)

Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2000;121,1:57-58.

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Summary : The KTP laser is used in both uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and tonsillectomy. However the need to use laser guarded endo-tracheal tubes represents a sizeable expense to the procedure. The authors describe a modified tongue plate to the oropharyngeal gag that covers all of the endo-tracheal tube, thus enabling the safe use of a non-laser guarded, PVC endo-tracheal tube. In over a hundred such procedures there has been no laser-related complications. The authors consider that the one off cost of this tongue plate and gag allows a more cost-effective method for performing laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and tonsillectomy.

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