JOHN P. CELLO, M.D.; PATRICK D. GERSTENBERGER, M.D.; TERESA WRIGHT, M.D.; JANE MELNICK, M.D.; MICK S. MEISELMAN, M.D.
Seven men and five women with nonresectable esophageal carcinoma were treated endoscopically with the neodymium-YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) infrared laser. Before laser fulguration, tumors were dilated directly with metal olive dilators. Before treatment, mean tumor length was 5 cm with luminal occlusion averaging more than 80%. After a mean of 3.3 treatment sessions spanning 18.5 days, all patients had substantial immediate palliation. Continued symptomatic relief was noted during follow-up (mean, 83 days; range, 8 to 206 days).
CELLO JP, GERSTENBERGER PD, WRIGHT T, MELNICK J, MEISELMAN MS. Endoscopic Neodymium-YAG Laser Palliation of Nonresectable Esophageal Malignancy. Ann Intern Med. ;102:610–612. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-5-610
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(5):610-612.
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