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Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital. 2004 Apr;24(2):75-7.

Closure of tracheo-oesophageal fistula following removal of voice prosthesis; a new surgical technique.

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2nd ENT Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turin, Italy.


The voice prosthesis is today the most widely used and accepted method of voice restoration following total laryngectomy. Fortunately, the cases in which it is necessary to temporarily or definitively close the fistula are rare (request of the patient, leakage from the fistula, aspiration pneumonia). Herein, an analysis is made of these cases and the surgical technique personally developed for the closure of tracheo-oesophageal fistula is described. This technique has been used in 8 patients with good results; moreover, it is a relatively low cost procedure and gives rise to few post-operative complications.

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