Ultrastructural Evaluation of 585-nm Pulsed-Dye Laser-Treated Glottal Dysplasia

ArticleinJournal of Voice 21(1):119-26 · February 2007with7 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2005.08.015 · Source: PubMed
To describe the ultrastructural changes occurring within pulsed-dye laser (PDL)-treated glottal tissues. Prospective. Nine patients presenting with glottal dysplasia requiring biopsy to rule out microinvasive carcinoma were enrolled in this prospective study. At least two samples were obtained in each case: one from a PDL-treated area and another from a non-PDL-treated area (obtained from a nonphonatory region as an internal control). In some cases, a third sample was obtained from the junction between PDL- and non-PDL-treated areas. All samples were examined with light microscopy (H and E stain) and transmission electron microscopy. Observations were made of morphological changes within the epithelium, epithelial/ superficial lamina propria (SLP) junction, and the lamina propria of tissues treated with the PDL. Eight of nine patients were followed for a period of 9-25 months (mean, 18 months) with two recurrences that were retreated with awake-PDL and followed for an additional 8.3 and 9.5 months without recurrence. Vocal fold appearance returned to normal within 3-4 weeks posttreatment. Intraepithelial desmosome junctions were preferentially destroyed, and regional blood vessels were coagulated. The PDL consistently caused a separation of epithelial cells away from the basement membrane. The PDL allowed for both a surgical and a nonsurgical multimodality method for treatment of precancerous lesions with minimal effects on the SLP.
    • "Essentially, there are three fundamental effects of laser on living tissue: photoacoustic, photothermal, and photochemical effects. According to the ultrastructural evaluation made by Ayala et al. , the photoacoustic and photothermal effects of the PDL create a cleavage plane, specifically between the LL and LD of the BMZ [20]; thus, the PDL treatment would cause the mucosal epithelium to separate and elevate above the lesion within the polyp-containing vocal fold. Therefore, from this effect, not only could the epithelium be easily " peeled off " from the surface of the polyp, achieving enhanced precision of cold instrumental dissection and selective extraction of the polyp, but the allimportant cover layer of the vocal fold could also be preserved with appropriate wound healing, allowing the reestablishment of normal mucosal wave vibration and phonation after the surgery. "
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    • "A digital caliper was used to perform these measurements. These superficial injuries were designed to influence vibration by disrupting the vocal fold cover, which consists of the epithelium, the basement membrane zone, and the superficial lamina propria (Hirano, 1974; Ayala, Selig, Faquin, & Franco, 2007). There has been little quantitative investigation of the depth of the canine vocal fold epithelium, but Garrett, Coleman, and Reinisch (2000) report that the thickness of human epithelium is about 0.05 mm. "
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