Dysphagia After Total Laryngectomy Previous thought was that total laryngectomy and difficulty with swallowing were incongruous. Patients were counseled that the loss of their larynx would leave them without a vocal source, but that swallowing would not be affected. Successful rehabilitation was defined as being cancer-free and regaining functional communication. Patients were not queried ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2010
Dysphagia After Total Laryngectomy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mario A. Landera
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • Donna S. Lundy
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • Paula A. Sullivan
    Neurology Service, Division of Speech Pathology, Malcom Randall Veterans Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2010
Dysphagia After Total Laryngectomy
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2010, Vol. 19, 39-44. doi:10.1044/sasd19.2.39
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2010, Vol. 19, 39-44. doi:10.1044/sasd19.2.39

Previous thought was that total laryngectomy and difficulty with swallowing were incongruous. Patients were counseled that the loss of their larynx would leave them without a vocal source, but that swallowing would not be affected. Successful rehabilitation was defined as being cancer-free and regaining functional communication. Patients were not queried and frequently did not complain of dysphagia as long as they were able to maintain an oral diet. Knowledge has changed, and this article will focus on dysphagia in the patient with laryngectomy and will discuss anatomical sites to physiologic problems.

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