PREVENTION OF MAJOR AND MINOR FISTULAE AFTER LARYNGECTOMY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Every Head and Neck surgeon has special techniques which he uses to get maximum rates of five-year survival and minimum fistula formation, especially major fistula and carotid rupture. The literature reflects a wide variation in the rate of fistula formation. We reviewed the senior author's prior 78 total laryngectomies and noted a fistula rate of 10.3% (6.4% minor fistulae and 3.9% major fistulae). We also reviewed contributing factors and discuss surgical techniques designed to minimize fistula formation.

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