Cryptolysis, Ablation of Tonsil Crypts
Epic-S Diode Laser 940 nm
400 um bare fiber tip, initiate, black tip, 100mm long
6 Watt CW contact mode
Authored by Physician
Yosef Krespi, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Hofstra School of Medicine, New York
Can range from chronic tonsillitis with recurrent infections to food entrapment and possible halitosis. Chronic inflammation can cause enlarge tonsils with deep pockets filled with Tonsilloliths (Biofilm).
Tonsillar surface will show furrows and deep pockets. Tonsillar stones (Biofilm) ranging size and causing oral mal-odor. Stones can be removed using tongue blades, pressing anterior pillars.
The management is surgical once any symptoms arise. Surgical solution consist of ablating the involved pockets with flattening of the pockets reverting to a non particle entrapping formation. The alternative is Tonsillectomy or Tonsillotomy under General Anesthesia.
Anesthesia is achieved with local injection of 2% lidocaine with epinephrine 1:100,000.