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A new tongue plate for use in oropharyngeal KTP laser surgery.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue de laryngologie - otologie - rhinologie
Publication Date
Volume
121
Issue
1
Pages
57–58
Identifiers
PMID: 10865487
Source
Medline

Abstract

The KTP laser is used in both uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and tonsillectomy. However the need to use laser guarded endotracheal 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 endotracheal 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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