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01.06.2014 | Laryngology | Ausgabe 6/2014

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 6/2014

Safety of cold ablation (coblation) in the treatment of tonsillar hypertrophy of the tongue base

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European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology > Ausgabe 6/2014
Autoren:
Sarah Ulrike Leitzbach, Robert Bodlaj, Joachim Theodor Maurer, Karl Hörmann, Boris Alexander Stuck

Abstract

The treatment of diseases of the lingual tonsils is still under debate, and surgical interventions are often associated with significant morbidity and complications. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the safety of lingual tonsillectomy using cold ablation (coblation) as a new treatment of lingual tonsil diseases. In this retrospective, bicentric study, we included all patients between 2005 and 2012 who underwent cold ablation (Coblation®) of the lingual tonsils. We assessed the frequency of postoperative complications based on the patients’ charts. A total of 108 patients (47 ± 13, 6 years) underwent lingual tonsillectomy using coblation. All patients were operated on under general anesthesia as inpatients. Intraoperative complications did not occur. Three patients (2.8 %) needed revision surgery due to postoperative hemorrhage, and in one of those cases, three revisions were necessary. There was no postoperative airway compromise and no need for tracheostomy. There was no hypoglossal nerve paralysis, but in the case needing multiple revisions, a weakness of the hypoglossal nerve persisted. In all the cases, oral intake was possible with adequate analgesia. Coblation of the tongue base is a safe procedure with a relatively low rate of postoperative complications. Postoperative hemorrhage is the most relevant complication that occurred in our series of patients. Future studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy of the procedure in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

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