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Multidiscip Respir Med. 2012 Aug 9;7(1):25. doi: 10.1186/2049-6958-7-25.

Aspiration of tracheoesophageal prosthesis in a laryngectomized patient.

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Pneumology Unit, Vittorio Veneto Hospital, Via Forlanini, Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italy. scconte@libero.it.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The voice prosthesis inserted into a tracheoesophageal fistula has become the most widely used device for voice rehabilitation in patients with total laryngectomy.

CASE PRESENTATION:

We describe a case of tracheoesophageal prosthesis' (TEP) aspiration in a laryngectomized patient, with permanent tracheal stoma, that appeared during standard cleaning procedure, despite a programme of training for the safe management of patients with voice prosthesis.

CONCLUSIONS:

The definitive diagnosis and treatment were performed by flexible bronchoscopy, that may be considered the procedure of choice in these cases, also on the basis of the literature.

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