Journal Article

A study was undertaken to examine the injury from laser ignited endotracheal tubes in the canine larynx, distal bronchi and lungs. Three endotracheal tubes were tested; the Rusch red rubber, the PVC polyvinylchloride and silicone. Two types of endotracheal tube fires were studied - those produced by extraluminal and those produced by intraluminal ignition. The red rubber and silastic endotracheal tube ignited when CO//2 laser energy was directed at their external surfaces, provided a sufficient O//2 concentration was present in the area of laser impact. The laryngeal injury produced by this type of fire is that of a second degree burn. No lung or bronchial injuries were evident with this type of fire. When the laser beam produced a fire in the PVC tube lumen, the resulting lung and bronchial injuries were severe. The use of this tube is not recommended during laser endoscopic surgery.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Duncavage, JA; Ossoff, RH; Rouman, WC; Toohill, RJ; Almagro, UA; Carl, GA; Aronson, S

Published Date

  • December 1, 1984

Published In

  • Lia (Laser Institute of America)

Volume / Issue

  • 37 /

Start / End Page

  • 46 - 51

Citation Source

  • Scopus