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Head and Neck
Sealing of small postlaryngectomy pharyngocutaneous fistulas with voice prosthesis†
Article first published online: 9 SEP 2010
Copyright © 2010 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 120, Issue 10, pages 1971–1973, October 2010
How to Cite
Karakullukcu, M. B., Lohuis, P. j., van den Brekel, M. W. and Hilgers, F. J.M. (2010), Sealing of small postlaryngectomy pharyngocutaneous fistulas with voice prosthesis. The Laryngoscope, 120: 1971–1973. doi: 10.1002/lary.21071
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 9 SEP 2010
- Accepted manuscript online: 19 AUG 2010 12:00AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Received: 14 APR 2010
- voice prosthesis;
- Level of evidence: 5
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