Journal article

The use of CO2 laser in the treatment of oral white patches: outcomes and factors affecting recurrence

A Chandu, ACH Smith

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2005

Abstract

Laser therapy has been a favoured treatment regime for oral leukoplakia since the mid 1980s. There is no information in the literature regarding factors affecting outcomes in patients with oral leukoplakia. Forty-three patients (mean age 60.3+/-13.6 years) with 73 primary oral leukoplakia were assessed for outcome and factors affecting survival. Dysplastic lesions were found in the majority of patients. The male to female ratio was 1.7:1 with 74% ex- or current smokers, 27% consuming alcohol and 31% continuing to smoke after treatment. The mean observation time was 47.2+/-28.2 months (range 2-102 months). Disease-free survival was 55.4% at 3 years that dropped to 33.9% after 5 years. The mal..

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