The influence of a heat and moisture exchanger (HME) on the respiratory symptoms after total laryngectomy.

@article{Hilgers1991TheIO,
  title={The influence of a heat and moisture exchanger (HME) on the respiratory symptoms after total laryngectomy.},
  author={Frans J. M. Hilgers and Neil K Aaronson and Annemieke H. Ackerstaff and Paul F Schouwenburg and N van Zandwikj},
  journal={Clinical otolaryngology and allied sciences},
  year={1991},
  volume={16 2},
  pages={152-6}
}
The influence of a heat and moisture exchanger (HME) on the respiratory symptoms after total laryngectomy was studied in 42 patients. A significant reduction was found in the mean daily frequency of sputum production, forced expectoration in order to clean the airway and stoma cleaning after use of the HME for 6 weeks. Symptoms of fatigue and malaise decreased significantly, while social contact improved. Patients using oesophageal speech or an electrolarynx benefited more than patients using a… CONTINUE READING

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