Causes and consequences of anterior pharyngeal pouch after total laryngectomy

Anderson, S., Hogan, D. and Panizza, B. (2014) Causes and consequences of anterior pharyngeal pouch after total laryngectomy. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 128 Supp. S2: S39-S42. doi:10.1017/S0022215114000462

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Author Anderson, S.
Hogan, D.
Panizza, B.
Title Causes and consequences of anterior pharyngeal pouch after total laryngectomy
Journal name Journal of Laryngology and Otology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2151
Publication date 2014-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0022215114000462
Volume 128
Issue Supp. S2
Start page S39
End page S42
Total pages 4
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To assess the frequency of anterior pharyngeal pouch formation after total laryngectomy, and to discuss the causes and consequences of anterior pharyngeal pouch formation.

Study design: A prospective, observational study of 43 patients undergoing total laryngectomy.

Methods: Data collected included laryngeal defect closure type, tumour staging and demographic information. A barium swallow was performed on day 7-14 after surgery to assess for anterior pharyngeal pouch formation and fistula formation.

Results: The incidence of anterior pharyngeal pouch formation was 47 per cent. Patients who did not have an anterior pharyngeal pouch on swallow imaging assessment were less likely to develop a pharyngo-cutaneous fistula. There was no statistically significant association between laryngeal defect closure type and anterior pharyngeal pouch formation.

Conclusion: The anterior pharyngeal pouch is a dynamic phenomenon best investigated with a fluoroscopic swallow imaging study. Its causes are multi-factorial. Absence of an anterior pharyngeal pouch appears to confer protection against pharyngo-cutaneous fistula formation, hastening commencement of adjuvant therapy and an oral diet.
Keyword Fistula
Laryngeal neoplasm
Surgical closure technique
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 16 Apr 2014, 03:17:36 EST by Dr Benedict Panizza on behalf of Surgery - Princess Alexandra Hospital