To report preliminary results regarding the safety and efficacy of the 585-nm pulsed-dye laser (PDL) for the treatment of juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (JORRP) in the pediatric population.
Prospective longitudinal cohort study.
Two pediatric otolaryngology referral centers.
Twenty-three pediatric patients ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years.
The 585-nm PDL was used for at least 1 treatment on each of these patients to treat JORRP of the true vocal folds or anterior commissure.
Main Outcome Measures
Complications from the use of the 585-nm PDL in the treatment of JORRP.
There was no evidence of anterior commissure webbing or true vocal fold scarring in this group of 23 patients followed up for 3 months to 1 year.
The 585-nm PDL seems to be a safe instrument for treatment of JORRP. There is the potential that improved voice outcomes may be apparent when compared with traditional therapies because the vocal fold epithelium seems to be unharmed when treated with this method. Furthermore, the lack of epithelial damage incurred by the 585-nm PDL should enable more aggressive surgical excision of anterior commissure disease. Further prospective longitudinal studies examining voice outcomes are needed.