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Incidence of complications in radiofrequency treatment of the upper airway.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15995525     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the incidence of complications after temperature-controlled radiofrequency (TCRF) treatment of the inferior turbinates, palate, and tongue. To compare these complication rates with those reported in the literature. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. METHODS: All patients treated with TCRF to the inferior turbinates, palate, and tongues during a 12-month period were included. Data were collected for parameters of energy delivery and the development of complications. RESULTS: One hundred thirty-six patients were treated with a total of 470 TCRF lesions. The overall incidence of minor complications was 1.2% (6/470 lesions); there were no complications of moderate or major severity. CONCLUSION: The incidence of minor complications after TCRF in this series was low, and there were no complications of greater severity. These findings are in stark contrast with some previously published papers with higher complication rates. These significantly higher rates may be caused by a marked learning curve, problems in patient selection and the technique of application, excessive energy delivery, and perioperative management.
Eric J Kezirian; Nelson Bert Powell; Robert W Riley; Jerome E Hester
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0023-852X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-04     Completed Date:  2005-09-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1298-304     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Division of Sleep Disorders Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Catheter Ablation / adverse effects*
Palate, Soft / surgery*
Prospective Studies
Sleep Apnea Syndromes / complications,  diagnosis,  surgery*
Snoring / etiology
Tongue / surgery*
Turbinates / surgery*

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