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Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. 2013 May-Jun;64(3):204-10. doi: 10.1016/j.otorri.2012.12.001. Epub 2013 Mar 13.

Electrodissection tonsillectomy with laryngeal mask.

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Servicio de Otorrinolaringología, Corporación Sanitaria Parc Taulí, Sabadell, Barcelona, España.



The Colorado® microdissection needle has been used for 30 years as an alternative to cold dissection. Alexander was the first to publish the results of laryngeal mask in otorhinolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery. Later on it was introduced as a standard anaesthetic technique in our speciality. Objective The objective of this study was to compare the results of using laryngeal mask combined with Colorado® microdissection needle in tonsillectomies. The benefits of each of these 2 techniques are already known. Methods We present a prospective observational study of 107 paediatric tonsillectomies associated or not to adenoidectomy. Variables analysed are pain (Brodman scale), analgesia, bleeding, uvula oedema and days up to the restoration of diet and normal life. Surgical, anaesthetic and total surgery room times are also discussed. Results The Colorado® electrodissection technique minimised intraoperative bleeding and the need for haemostasis. However, uvula oedema and local pain increased compared with cold dissection. There were no clinical variations in the recovery of normal life. Combining the Colorado® microdissection needle and laryngeal mask reduced intraoperative, anaesthetic and total surgery room times. Conclusions The combination of these two techniques is a secure, quick and effective method that derives benefits from the advantages of both of them, without increasing surgical or anaesthetic risks.

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