Histopathological and ultrastructural effects of cutting radiofrequency energy on palatal soft tissues: a prospective study.
Summary of "Histopathological and ultrastructural effects of cutting radiofrequency energy on palatal soft tissues: a prospective study."
Radiofrequency (RF) surgery has gained popularity as a safe and effective method for treating patients with snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Both interstitial and cutting radiofrequency energy may be used for multi-segmental management of the upper airway. Little is known about the effect of cutting radiofrequency energy on human soft palate. Excessive collateral injury may have an impact on tissue healing and functional outcomes. A histological analysis of specimens of human soft palate and uvula following resection with cutting RF energy was performed. In addition, ultrastructural analysis using scanning electron microscopy of excision margins was performed and compared with CO(2) LASER. Twelve patients were included. In ten patients, specimens of redundant uvula and faucial pillars were collected and underwent formal histological analysis. The maximum depth of tissue injury was 1 mm in two specimens and overall average depth of injury was 0.15 mm. Injury depth was independent of tissue subtype at the resection margin. Ultrastructural analysis demonstrated accurate incision when compared to CO(2) LASER. Cutting RF energy causes minimal collateral injury to the soft palate during resection for the treatment of snoring and mild OSA. A detailed knowledge of local effects on resection specimens allows accurate inference of in vivo tissue injury at the resection margin and may enable more precise prediction of healing patterns and repair.
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- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21594723
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00405-011-1634-7
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