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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Sep;123(3):288-93.

Modified supracricoid partial laryngectomy with cricohyoidopexy: series report and analysis of results.

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Ear, Nose and Throat Department Faculty of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece.


Aiming to improve voice quality and to facilitate swallowing rehabilitation, we modified the supracricoid partial laryngectomy with cricohyoidopexy by preserving the posterior segment of the true vocal cord on the less involved side of the larynx. Between 1983 and 1994, 13 patients with supraglottic cancer were treated with this modified procedure. The possibility of incomplete tumor excision was eliminated by careful patient selection and intraoperative reconfirmation of tumor extent with frozen sections. Our results have been promising, with a 76.9% 3-year survival rate and a 69.2% laryngeal preservation rate. There were 7 recurrences, 3 local (2 at the superior border of the cricoid and 1 at the cricoarytenoid region) and 4 nodal, in 5 patients. Distant metastases developed in another patient. Three patients, 2 with local and nodal recurrence and 1 with distant metastases, died of disease. Functional outcomes were also good, with all patients achieving normal swallowing by the end of the first year, although 5 patients required temporary gastrostomy for transient swallowing impairment. Early decannulation and satisfactory voice quality were achieved in all cases. We believe that with proper patient selection this modified procedure is effective both for tumor control and for preserving a more functional larynx.

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