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Authors Lippert D, Hoffman MR, Dang P, McCulloch TM, Hartig GK, Dailey SH
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Journal Laryngoscope Volume: 125 Issue: 4 Pages: 919-23
Publish Date 2015 Apr
PubMed ID 25376857

Definitive tissue diagnosis for lesions warranting biopsy is shifting from the operating room to the office. Safety, tolerance, factors related to successful biopsy, and time to treatment are not well-defined.Retrospective review of 116 patients undergoing in-office biopsy of oropharynx, larynx, or hypopharynx were included. Logistic regression determined if demographics, site, T-stage, or approach (transoral/transnasal) were related to success. Time to definitive treatment was also analyzed.Ninety-two transnasal and 24 transoral biopsies were performed on 73 laryngeal, 35 oropharyngeal, and 8 hypopharyngeal lesions. Of those, 97 of 116 diagnoses were made in-office. There were no complications; two patients did not tolerate the procedure. Success was not related to age (P = 0.374), site (P = 0.527), T-stage (P = 0.587), or approach (P = 0.566). Time to treatment was 24.2 ± 13.9 days with successful office biopsy and 48.8 ± 49.4 days without.High procedural completion rate was observed across patients, sites, and approaches. All patients should be considered for in-office biopsy, a more time- and cost-effective option leading to earlier treatment. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System