• The laser has become a significant addition to the laryngologist's surgical armamentarium. A mail survey was undertaken to place difficulties with the use of the laser in perspective. A 91.7% response rate was obtained from 229 individuals. At least 81 complications were documented by 23.3% of the total number of physicians responding (32.2% of those physicians using the laser). The most frequent complication was endotracheal explosion, with facial burns the next most common untoward occurrence. Five cases of pneumothorax and two of subcutaneous emphysema were also reported. These and other complications are tabulated and discussed.
(Arch Otolaryngol 1984;110:31-34)
Fried MP. A Survey of the Complications of Laser Laryngoscopy. Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(1):31–34. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800270035010
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