Repair of nonmalignant postlaryngectomy pharyngotracheal fistula

Robert J. Kucejko, Quang Luu, Royce F. Calhoun, David T Cooke

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The repair of nonmalignant postlaryngectomy pharyngotracheal fistulae is not commonly encountered in medical literature. This rare complication can occur years after laryngectomy for cancer and reconstruction of a neopharynx, and is often associated with adjuvant radiation to the area, making the choice of method for surgical repair critical for success. Optimally, a pedicled myofascial flap from the pectoralis major muscle, from outside the field of radiation, is used to reinforce the repair of the fistula. We present 2 rare cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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