Cryosurgery in Otorhynolaryngology

  • Marco Scala


Cryosurgery can be a suitable treatment for many benign and precancerous lesions of the oral cavity, as well as in selected patients with squamous cell carcinoma. Although the use of cryosurgery in oral disease is still limited, its advantages can modify this attitude and, in the near future, it is likely to become a new standard of treatment due to:
  • the easy access to the oral cavity by means of different types of probes;

  • the possible use of an anesthetic cream by topic application;

  • the treatment of high-risk-surgical patients and/ or with clotting deficit;

  • the treatment of wide lesions with higher possibility of functional rehabilitation;

  • the relatively painless postoperative course, with only a mild edema, which requires a limited use of analgesics, and a soft diet that can be taken during the first postoperative days;

  • the direct visual inspection of the area of cryonecrosis, and the possibility of repeating freeze cycles on the residual disease.


Oral Cavity Oral Cancer Precancerous Lesion Mucosal Melanoma Verrucous Carcinoma 
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