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Keywords:

  • Laryngectomy;
  • pharyngocutaneous;
  • fistula;
  • voice prosthesis;
  • Level of evidence: 5

Abstract

Pharyngocutaneous fistulas (PCFs) following total laryngectomy is a common complication. The standard therapy is conservative management, and if this is not successful, surgical closure. There is a group of patients with limited survival chance who have small PCFs. In these patients who are not candidates for surgery, sealing of the PCF with a voice prosthesis can significantly improve the functionality of these patients allowing them to swallow and phonate. Laryngoscope, 2010