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Aust N Z J Surg. 1998 Sep;68(9):630-4.

Supracricoid laryngectomy: a significant advance in the management of laryngeal cancer.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.


Supracricoid laryngectomy is a new development in the treatment of laryngeal cancer in Australia. It allows the removal of both vocal cords, vestibular folds, and the entire thyroid cartilage including the paraglottic space without the loss of laryngeal function. This technique may offer a significant advance in the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx. This paper reviews the surgical management of laryngeal cancer and discusses this new technique with modifications, indications for its use and the advantages of supracricoid laryngectomy. Case reports of seven patients operated on in our institution are included.

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