Pharyngocutaneous fistula after total laryngectomy: incidence, cause, and treatment.

  title={Pharyngocutaneous fistula after total laryngectomy: incidence, cause, and treatment.},
  author={Georgios Papazoglou and G Doundoulakis and Georgios Terzakis and George Dokianakis},
  journal={The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology},
  volume={103 10},
Postoperative pharyngocutaneous fistula is a major complication of total laryngectomy that prolongs the short hospitalization of 2 to 3 weeks to many weeks or even months. It is a common complication that increases the morbidity and mortality of the procedure. In the Department of Otolaryngology of the Red Cross Hospital of Athens, 310 patients underwent total laryngectomy from January 1980 through December 1989. Twenty-eight patients developed a fistula (incidence 9%). The incidence… CONTINUE READING
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