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Hemorrhagic vocal cord polyp KTP laser treatment in clinic

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Modified Operative Note

Procedure: Transnasal KTP laser treatment to left vocal fold hemorrhagic polyp (KTP V,1 modes); total 32 Joules; setting of 30 W 15 ms pulses 2 pulses per second

Preop Diagnosis: Dysphonia, left vocal fold hemorrhagic polyp with feeding blood vessels

Postop Diagnosis: Same with additional evidence for recent left vocal fold hemorrhage

Anesthesia: Nasal decongestion with Afrin followed by 4% lidocaine with 1% phenylephrine spray x2 (2 cc total); then the left nostril as packed with three neurosurgical cottonoids (soaked in 4% lidocaine with 1% phenylephrine); during flexible laryngoscopy 2 cc instilled topically to the larynx (see below)

Description of Procedure: Following identification the patient informed consent and a brief timeout with her positioned in the leaning forward sitting position in the surgery center the left nostril was examined with the VT scope cannulated with a 25-gauge sclerotherapy needle primed with 4% lidocaine dripped on the supraglottic and glottic larynx a total of 2 cc were instilled.

Careful inspection identified extension of the disease process now along the left membranous vocal fold to identify a recent vocal fold hemorrhage consistent with her recent decrement in vocal quality with feeding blood vessels identified

The flexible channeled scope (VT scope) was then removed from the nostril and cannulated with the KTP laser fiber employing the outer sheath of the 25-gauge sclerotherapy needle assembly to protect the inner channel during placement.

With continuous suction applied to the VT scope, KTP laser was administered in a non-contact manner 30 W 15 ms pulses 2 pulses per second

To the left mid dorsal vocal fold (sparing the contact surface of the vocal fold) with initial 10 J administered in a KTP V mode diffusely along the left vocal fold polyp lateral border

    Followed by:

22 J administered in KTP 1 mode to obliterate the feeding vessels lateral to the polyp avoiding the contact surface of the vocal fold without epithelial disruption but with blanching seen

She tolerated procedure well.

Treatment Classification

KTP (Potassium titanyl phosphate)

Assessment of Immediate Tissue Effect

(Mallur et all 2014)


Noncontact with angiolysis


Noncontact mucosal blanching


Noncontact epithelium disruption


Contact with epithelial ablation without tissue removal


Contact with epithelial ablation with subsequent tissue removal


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