Laser Interventions for Early Cancer in the Upper Aerodigestive Tract



The glottis is a unique subsite of the aerodigestive tract where cancer often presents early. A small lesion of the vocal fold often causes a marked change in an individual’s voice, leading to the discovery of early glottic cancer. Furthermore, the glottis is a unique subsite of head and neck cancer as its lymphatic drainage is sparse. This combination of factors causes a large number of glottic cancers to present early without spread to adjacent lymph nodes.


Early glottic carcinoma Supraglottic carcinoma CO2 laser KTP laser Radiation therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck SurgeryUC Irvine Medical CenterOrangeUSA

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