Laser Surgery of the Airway and Laser Safety

  • Gyorgy Frendl


Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER), an electromagnetic energy of high intensity, has several applications in thoracic surgery. The focus of this chapter is laser function and safety, mainly in the context of endobronchial laser tumor ablation. Anesthetic concerns including the choice of endotracheal tubes, ventilation strategies, and gas medium needed to safely manage laser airway cases are discussed.


LASER Endobronchial laser tumor ablation Potential hazards of lasers Airway fire Anesthetic considerations of lasers Photodynamic therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gyorgy Frendl
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  1. 1.Thoracic Anaesthesiologist and Intensivist Department of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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