Thulium Laser in Airway Diseases in Children

 2008 Feb;16(1):55-9. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e3282f43419.

Authors: Sonia Ayari-Khalfallah, Carine Fuchsmann and Patrick Froehlich

Purpose of review: To specify the characteristics of the thulium laser and to evaluate the advantages and possibilities of treatment with this laser in laryngotracheal diseases in children.

Recent findings: Fiber-based lasers have facilitated a new style of surgery. When performing therapeutic airways endoscopies there is the possibility of good control of lesions and adequate visualization of the surgical field using the telescope. Different types of laser may be used but the 2013-nm thulium laser shows promise as a laser that is efficient in soft tissues with the advantages of the other lasers without their problems. The thulium laser has been described in treating urinary tract abnormalities and recently airways diseases in adults, but there are no reports of other uses for this technique in the pediatric airway.

Summary: The thulium laser appears to be an interesting tool in the management of laryngotracheal diseases such as subglottic stenosis, tracheal granuloma and laryngomalacia. The use of this laser in laryngotracheal diseases in children will probably progress in the future.