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Nd-YAG laser-induced endobronchial burn. Management and long-term follow-up. FREE TO VIEW

S Krawtz; A C Mehta; H P Wiedemann; G DeBoer; K D Schoepf; M Z Tomaszewski
Chest. 1989;95(4):916-918. doi:10.1378/chest.95.4.916
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Endobronchial fires are a rare complication of Nd-YAG laser photoresection. Short-term morbidity is secondary to sloughing mucosa and mucous plugging. Aggressive pulmonary hygiene, including frequent bronchoscopies and possibly a tracheostomy, may be required. The major long-term complication is obstruction of the airways from granulation tissue. Long-term follow-up is required to evaluate and treat clinically significant granulation tissue in the airways.

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