Title:
Swallowing and functional outcome after partial laryngectomy: a literature review
Authors:
A. Goeleven*, E. Dejaeger**, V. Vander Poorten*, P. Delaere*
Institutions:
*Department of ENT – Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven, UZ St Rafael, Kapucijnenvoer 33, 3000 Leuven, Belgium; **Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, UZ Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Keywords:
Laryngeal cancer; partial laryngectomy; functional outcome; deglutition
Pages:
165 - 172
Abstract:
Swallowing and functional outcome after partial laryngectomy: a literature review . There is a wide range of partial surgical resections for the treatment of laryngeal tumours. In addition to good cure rates, the main aim is to pre- serve a competent and functional larynx. Functional outcomes have proven to have a substantial effect on postoperative quality of life and are usually included in clinical studies. This article reviews reported functional outcomes after partial laryngectomies, particularly when related to swallowing. In the majority of patients, reports indicate acceptable feeding without the presence of a permanent tracheostomy. However, a wide variety of methods and variables are used to describe these functional outcomes, making the compari- son of functional outcome after different treatment modalities and resections difficult. More objective evaluation proce- dures are needed for swallowing to reveal the exact pathophysiology, spontaneous progression and prognostic factors after well-defined laryngeal resections.
Issue:
Vol. 1, 2005, 4th trimester


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Swallowing and functional outcome after partial laryngectomy: a literature review