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Surgical voice rehabilitation after laryngopharyngectomy

Functional results of tracheo-hypopharyngeal shunts by jejunal transplantation


For surgical voice rehabilitation after pharyngolaryngectomy we use the technique of placing a siphonlike jejunal interposition in order to create a tracheohypopharyngeal shunt. In this paper we present the functional benefits of this method of voice rehabilitation. The best results achieved are compared with a normal voice using the following test parameters: electroacoustic sound analyses and voice status. The findings show that the siphon voice is adequate for everyday purposes and can achieve useful social verbal communication.

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Denk, D.M., Grasl, M.C., Frank, F. et al. Surgical voice rehabilitation after laryngopharyngectomy. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 249, 248–252 (1992).

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Key words

  • Pharyngolaryngectomy
  • Surgical voice rehabilitation
  • Jejunal graft
  • Electroacoustic sound analyses