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The Journal of Oral Laser Applications

Edited by Prof Dr Andreas Moritz and Prof G. Lynn Powell

Official publication of the European Society for Oral Laser Applications

ISSN (print) 1473-7809 • ISSN (online) 1867-5611

Summer 2005
Volume 5 , Issue 2

Pages: 97-102
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CO2 Laser Management of Leukoplakias: A Clinical Follow-up

Yalcinkaya, Sebnem Ercalik/Dumlu, Asim/Olgac, Vakur/Ozbayrak, Semih

Purpose: To clinically evaluate the effectiveness of CO2 laser in oral leukoplakia cases. Materials and Methods: Twenty-two cases of oral leukoplakia, both clinically and histologically diagnosed in 14 patients, were successfully treated with CO2 laser with focus probe, in continuous operating mode at 5 to 8 W. Oral smears were obtained throughout the follow-up to determine whether there was any dysplastic alteration. Results: The healing was ensured by secondary epithelialization. The treated areas appeared normal within 3 to 5 weeks after performing one-step laser surgery. The follow-up period has been continuing for 5 years. To date, recurrence has been seen in one patient. No patient showed any sign of dysplasia or neoplasia during the follow-up. Conclusion: Since CO2 laser penetration into tissue provides the best results when treating superficial lesions, the CO2 laser appears to have an important place in the effective management of leukoplakia.

Keywords: CO2 laser, oral leukoplakia

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