Functional outcomes in supracricoid laryngectomy

Vittorio D'Aguanno, Massimo Ralli, Marco Fiore, Mauro Ceccanti, Cinzia Severini, Flavia Flaccadoro, Lucia Longo, Antonio Greco, Marco De Vicentiis
2018 Biomedical Reviews  
are considered an organ-sparing alternative to total laryngectomy and chemo-radiotherapy. The main characteristics of SCLs are the preservation of the main laryngeal functions as respiration, phonation and swallowing, without a permanent tracheostomy. currently accepted, although patient selection criteria and functional results are still debated. The mainstream of this surgery is the maintenance of one functioning cricoarytenoid unit to allow restoring of swallowing and phonation. Thus,
more » ... ation. Thus, post-operative tion protocol improves functional results, in particular regarding swallowing. Swallowing and voice functional outcomes differ among several centres and are often related to the post-operative management, although SCLs provide commonly good swallowing and respiratory outcomes. To date, SCLs are proven surgical procedures for the treatment of laryngeal cancer and should In this clinical review, we discuss the clinical outcomes in patients treated with SCLs with particular attention to rehabilitation protocol and functional outcomes for swallowing and voice rehabilitation. Biomed Rev 2018; 29: 65-71
doi:10.14748/bmr.v29.5851 fatcat:fgcttmzudvh6lahaxpd4fcifz4