Surgical management of life-threatening aspiration

Kaicheng Lawrence Yen, D Gregory Farwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Intractable aspiration as a result of glottal insufficiency is a life-threatening medical condition. The choice of therapy is dictated by the level and severity of pathology resulting in aspiration and the likelihood of patient recovery. However, many dysphagia-associated disease conditions are not amenable to conservative treatment, and will lead to intractable aspiration and life-threatening pneumonia. Total laryngectomy and laryngotracheal separation are the two surgical options with optimal results, and decisions should be carefully weighed for each individual patient in making the appropriate selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Deglutition: A Multidisciplinary Text for Swallowing and its Disorders
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781461437949
ISBN (Print)9781461437932
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Cricopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Dysphagia
  • Laryngotracheal separation
  • Medialization thyroplasty
  • Narrow-field laryngectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Surgical management of life-threatening aspiration'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this