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The Role of Cryotherapy for Thoracic Surgery

Marissa Mayor, MD, Hiran C. Fernando, MBBS, FRCS
The Role of Cryotherapy for Thoracic Surgery is a topic covered in the Pearson's General Thoracic.

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Key Points

  • Cryoablation is a useful modality for treatment of high-grade dysplasia in the esophagus.
  • Cryoablation may be used in select patients for intramucosal adenocarcinoma, although long-term studies are lacking.
  • Cryoprobe debridement of obstructing airway tumors is a contact method debridement and ideal for small lesions.
  • Spray cryotherapy is particularly useful for benign airway strictures secondary to a unique mechanism of action.

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Key Points

  • Cryoablation is a useful modality for treatment of high-grade dysplasia in the esophagus.
  • Cryoablation may be used in select patients for intramucosal adenocarcinoma, although long-term studies are lacking.
  • Cryoprobe debridement of obstructing airway tumors is a contact method debridement and ideal for small lesions.
  • Spray cryotherapy is particularly useful for benign airway strictures secondary to a unique mechanism of action.

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Last updated: November 18, 2020