Dysphagia After Partial Laryngectomy Management of head and neck cancer has changed over the last 30 years. Less radical surgeries and new therapies have resulted in improved survival and quality of life for patients with laryngeal cancer. Yet, open procedures remain a necessary surgical management option and speech-language pathologists must be ready to address ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2013
Dysphagia After Partial Laryngectomy
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  • Lisa Kelchner
    Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Bernice Klaben
    UC Voice and Swallowing Center, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery University of Cincinnati, West Chester, OH
  • Disclosure: Lisa Kelchner and Bernice Klaben have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Lisa Kelchner and Bernice Klaben have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2013
Dysphagia After Partial Laryngectomy
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2013, Vol. 22, 42-52. doi:10.1044/sasd22.2.42
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2013, Vol. 22, 42-52. doi:10.1044/sasd22.2.42

Management of head and neck cancer has changed over the last 30 years. Less radical surgeries and new therapies have resulted in improved survival and quality of life for patients with laryngeal cancer. Yet, open procedures remain a necessary surgical management option and speech-language pathologists must be ready to address the complete swallowing recovery needs of those patients. This article reviews current statistics regarding laryngeal cancers, etiologies and discusses the three main types of partial laryngectomy surgeries still performed. Descriptions of the surgical approaches and resulting anatomic changes are provided. Functional outcomes for each type of partial laryngectomy and the requisite dysphagia evaluations and interventions are reviewed.

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