Indications and Contraindications for total laryngectomy

Total laryngectomy is a surgical procedure mostly done for malignancies involving the larynx. In this surgery, the entire larynx (voice box) is removed by resecting the trachea and bringing out the lower stump as a respiratory opening in the anterior part of the neck (permanent tracheostomy) and thereby closing off the air passages to the […]

Progressive loss of voice in a 2 year old female child

2 year old female child presented with complaints of progressive loss of voice for past 6 months. She had no history to suggestive voice abuse, foreign body inhalation, cough or catarrh. She had worsening difficulty in breathing with fast breathing, but no cyanosis, orthopnea or leg swelling. There was no complaints of feeding difficulty, fever or chronic […]

Laryngomalacia – clinical features, surgical and medical management

Laryngomalacia also called as “discoordinate pharyngo-laryngomalacia” is the most common congenital lesion of larynx (60-70%) and is the most common cause of congenital stridor in neonates and infants. The condition is characterized by partial or complete obstruction of supraglottic laryngeal structures on inspiration because of excess mucosa, abnormal and/or reduced laryngeal tone. The term laryngomalacia […]

Total Laryngectomy – Evolution, Workup, Surgical steps and Complications

Total laryngectomy is a surgical procedure in which the entire larynx is removed by resecting the trachea and bringing out the lower stump as a respiratory opening in the anterior part of the neck (permanent tracheostomy) and thereby closing off the air passages to the mouth and nose. The patient permanently loses his/her natural voice […]

Replacement of trachea with aortic grafts – a novel treatment for tracheal stenosis

Replacement of trachea after extensive resection still remains as a major challenge for the thoracic surgeons even after decades of intensive research. End to end anastomosis is difficult or almost not possible, when more than 5-6 cm of trachea is resected out. Several clinical solutions with skin, esophagus and bowel etc. have been proposed to tackle […]

Clinical Practice Guidelines for management of Dysphonia

Dysphonia or impaired voice production is a clinical condition characterised by altered vocal quality, pitch, loudness, or vocal effort that impairs communication and/or quality of life. This is a very common complaint affecting nearly one-third of the population at some point in its life. It can affect patients of all ages and sex but most commonly […]

Velopharyngeal Insufficiency

Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VI) is the inability to temporarily close the connection between nasopharynx and oropharynx, due to an anatomical dysfunction in soft palate (velum), lateral pharyngeal wall or posterior pharyngeal wall. This can be due to insufficient tissue to accomplish closure, or due to some kind of mechanical interference with closure. An effective sealing between nasopharynx […]