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Intratracheal fire ignited by the Nd-YAG laser during treatment of tracheal stenosis.

K R Casey; W R Fairfax; S J Smith; J A Dixon
Chest. 1983;84(3):295-296. doi:10.1378/chest.84.3.295
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Abstract

Intratracheal combustion of a fiberoptic bronchoscope and an endotracheal tube occurred during the treatment of severe tracheal stenosis with the neodymium-YAG laser. This recognized hazard of CO2 laser surgery has not been reported previously with the use of the Nd-YAG laser. Fire hazard is inevitable when a laser is used in the airway, but the risk can be diminished. Rapid removal of the burning endoscope and endotracheal tube is essential to prevent serious complications.


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