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15 February 1994 Cutting laser systems for ureteral strictures
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Proceedings Volume 2086, Medical Applications of Lasers; (1994)
Event: Europto Biomedical Optics '93, 1993, Budapest, Hungary
Acquired ureteral strictures are still treated either with a stent, balloon dilatation, by open surgery or by endoscopic therapy with a `cold knife' or high current density as intubated ureterotomy. The success rates described in the literature range between 50% and 90%. Using the experimental CTH:YAG laser (wavelength 2120 nm) and CT:YAG laser (wavelength 1950 nm), the reduction of invasiveness and of morbidity was evaluated. First, the CTH:YAG laser was investigated on 540 fresh porcine ureters varying the parameters. With a computerized morphometry system, defect depth, defect width, coagulation depth and coagulation width were measured. Then 21 female pigs underwent 7.5 F - 12 F ureteroscopy with CTH:YAG laser, CT:YAG laser, high current density and `cold knife' ureterotomy. An IVP and sacrification with explanation of the whole urinary tract was done on day 6 and around day 60. In practice, laser application via the endoscope was easy to handle and exact cutting was always seen. The CT:YAG laser seems to have the best success results with low ureteral stricture recurrence rates. However, its clinical use remains to be proven.
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C. Durek, Ansgar Knipper, Ralf Brinkmann, Ado Miller, Bernd Gromoll, and Dieter Jocham "Cutting laser systems for ureteral strictures", Proc. SPIE 2086, Medical Applications of Lasers, (15 February 1994);


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