Treatment of venous malformations in the orofacial region remains a challenge. Laser therapy is an alternative treatment in inoperable cases.OBJECTIVE
To retrospectively evaluate the effectiveness and complications associated with neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser treatment of oral venous malformations.MATERIALS AND METHODS
A total of 10 children (mean age: 7.3 years; range: 10 months-15 years) with oral venous malformation were treated with Nd:YAG laser during 2005 to 2013. Clinical improvement, including degree of color lightening and size reduction, and treatment complications, including dyspigmentation, textural change, and scarring were evaluated.RESULTS
Color clearing of 51% to 75% and >75% was seen in 25% and 45% of patients, respectively. Size reduction of 25% to 50%, 51% to 75%, and >75% was observed in 30%, 15%, and 45% of patients, respectively. Mild and moderate scarring was observed in 15% and 5% of cases, respectively.CONCLUSION
Nd:YAG laser is a promising alternative treatment in pediatric patients with inoperable venous malformations in the oral cavity. Mild to moderate scarring was the most common complication.