Past, present, and future of endobronchial laser photoresection

Danai Khemasuwan, Atul C. Mehta, Ko Pen Wang

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Laser photoresection of central airway obstruction is a useful tool for an Interventional Pulmonologist (IP). Endobronchial therapy of the malignant airway obstruction is considered as a palliative measure or a bridge therapy to the definite treatment of cancer. Several ablative therapies such as electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation (APC), cryotherapy and laser photoresection exist in the armamentarium of IP to tackle such presentations. Besides Neodymium-Yttrium, Aluminum, Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser, there are several different types of laser that have been used by the pulmonologist with different coagulative and cutting properties. This chapter focuses on the historical perspective, current status, and potentials of lasers in the management of central airway lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S380-S388
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Aluminum
  • Central airway obstruction
  • Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser
  • Laser photoresection
  • Neodymium-Yttrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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