Scintigraphic assessment of aspiration in head and neck cancer patients with tracheostomy.

@article{Muz1994ScintigraphicAO,
  title={Scintigraphic assessment of aspiration in head and neck cancer patients with tracheostomy.},
  author={Jaroslaw Muz and Sandra L. Hamlet and Robert H. Mathog and R. Nicholas Farris},
  journal={Head & neck},
  year={1994},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={
          17-20
        }
}
Tracheopulmonary aspiration commonly occurs in patients with dysphagia related to head and neck cancer. Scintigraphic studies were performed in 280 patients with head and neck cancer; 33% of these patients had tracheopulmonary aspiration. A subgroup of 18 tracheostomized patients had a tracheostomy tube with a removable obturator, so they could be studied with the tracheostomy open or occluded. When the tracheostomy was occluded the patients aspirated less frequently, and in significantly… CONTINUE READING
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