Jun 1, 2015
This podcast highlights original research published in the June 2015 issue of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation. Editor in chief John Krouse is joined by senior author Seth Dailey and associate editor Matthew Brigger in discussing the topic of office-based photoangiolytic laser therapy of Reinke’s edema.
Reinke’s edema is a common, benign condition of the vocal folds characterized by edema and vascular congestion in Reinke’s space. Multiple risk factors are associated with this condition, including tobacco use, vocal abuse, and laryngopharyngeal reflux. In this paper, the authors discuss an office-based procedure for treating Reinke’s edema using topical anesthesia and flexible transnasal endoscopy. They report their findings on 19 patients who completed this office-based therapy, and demonstrate improvement in both quality of life and acoustic and aerodynamic measures following the treatment. They also discuss patient characteristics that interfere with the successful completion of the procedure. Finally, the authors review the implications of their findings for clinical practice and further research.